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Clark Carlisle still looking for a club

Out of contract defender Clarke Carlisle revealed he is one of hundreds of professional footballers currently looking for a club.

The 32-year-old has been without a club for months and states he is “open to offers”.

Carlisle has received offers, but nowhere near his contract expectations: “The two offers I received were 80-90% less than what I earned last season but, given how I feel now, I would have taken that.

“Anyway, it wasn't about finance, I was considering retirement.”

The central defender is amongst other club-less players at present, such as Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Owen Hargreaves.

Carlisle expressed his anxiety as he is the least confident he has ever been, “I'm probably in a more privileged position than some, where retiring and moving into a different industry is an option, but it is a time of real anxiety waiting for the phone to ring; you have no income but you still have bills to pay.

“Right now, I'm probably the least confident I've been about my own position, although I'm fit, available and open to offers,” he said.

The Preston-born player was shipped out on loan to Preston and Northampton during his time at Burnley, which gave the player an unsettled season.

Carlisle is still hopeful of finding a club for the 2012-13 season: “I also know there is plenty of transfer action to come. The window is yet to close and clubs can sign out-of-contract players after it shuts anyway. That might be the time when players like me get a call.”

By Josh Harris

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