I NEARLY QUIT, SAYS KEEPER KIRKLAND
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