Amex Stadium

Next Game

Brighton v N Forest

Friday, 07 August 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Watson eyes fresh start

Former Nottingham Forest youngster Karlton Watson is keen to make up for lost time and fix himself up with a new club.

Last Updated: 20/06/13 at 11:41 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Watson, who was a product of Forest's famed youth academy, is among hundreds of players who find themselves without a club this summer.

The 21-year-old was Forest's young player of the season in 2009-10, but he saw his progress at the City Ground blighted by a series of unfortunate injuries.

The central defender lost two years of his promising career to injury with Watson forced to undergo five operations to resolve a serious ankle injury.

Watson left Forest in 2012 after cancelling his contract by mutual consent and after spells at Leicester and Telford he is now looking for a new club to rebuild his career.

The former England Under 19 international is now fully over his injury problems and he admits he is prepared to go on trial to prove his worth to prospective employers.

"I'm one of the few players who've had to handle the news that their career's over, but I'm one of the handful who's managed to come back from it and prove most people wrong," Watson told Sky Sports.

"It gives you the drive to just keep going every day. It puts everything in perspective and makes me appreciate how important it is to me to just be playing regular football.

"As a youngster I was called up for England 19s alongside Benik Afobe. Emmanuel Frimpong, Andre Wisdom, Jonjo Shelvey, and Josh McEachran.

"I still feel that's the potential I have and I'm willing to go anywhere that will give me a platform to prove it."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company