I NEARLY QUIT, SAYS KEEPER KIRK­LAND

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Bill Thomp­son

CHRIS Kirk­land ad­mits he thought he was fin­ished un­til Sh­effield Wed­nes­day took a punt on him.

Kirk­land was once Bri­tain’s most ex­pen­sive keeper, but in­juries meant he strug­gled at both Liver­pool and Wi­gan.

He was close to quit­ting when Wed­nes­day gave him a two-year deal in sum­mer, 2012. He has re­paid them with more than 70 ap­pear­ances.

“Two years ago I was nearly fin­ished in foot­ball. I didn’t have many op­tions at all,” said Kirk­land. “Wed­nes­day took a big chance on me and I couldn’t have wished for a bet­ter goal­keep­ing coach there than Andy Rhodes.”

Kirk­land also seems to have solved his in­jury prob­lems.

“Two years ago when I went out to Don­caster on loan we played Leeds, got beat 3-0 and my back went into spasm,” added Kirk­land, who won one Eng­land cap.

“I thought: ‘I’ve got to do some­thing about it’ and I started work­ing with a girl from Wi­gan called Sarah Berry. It was my back, ham­strings, glutes, thighs – she strength­ened ev­ery­thing up.

“I’ve had no prob­lems with my back since – it’s sore some days but who hasn’t got a sore back some days?”

IN­JURIES: Chris Kirk­land

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