Former Premier League star Clarke Carlisle is found safe

Carlisle in action for Northampton Town in 2012

Professional debut aged 18 for Blackpool against Wrexham on September 2, 1997

Joined Queens Park Rangers for £250,000 on 25 May, 2000

Called up to England Under 21 side during the 2000-01 season

Won Second Division player of the month award in November 2003

Played integral role in QPR’s 2003-04 promotion campaign to the Championship

Joined Leeds United on a two-year deal in June 2004 after his contract expired at west London side

Left the Yorkshire side after just one season, moving back to London to join Watford for £100,000

Played a big role as the Hornets gained promotion to the Premier League in May 2006 via the play-offs – beating his old side Leeds 3-0 at the Millennium Stadium

Featured in his first Premier League game for Watford on April 9, 2007 in a 4-2 win against Portsmouth

Named man of the match in FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on April 14, 2007 – but that wasn’t enough to stop his side comfortably losing 4-1

Following Watford’s relegation at the end of that season he joined Burnley for £200,000

Won promotion to the Premier League again this time with the Clarets in May 2009

On November 17, 2010 Carlisle was named as the chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association replacing Chris Powell

Joined Preston North End on loan for the duration of 2011-12 season

Spent the remainder of the season at Northampton after his spell at Preston was cut short

Joined League Two outfit York City on August 30, 2012

Re-joined Northampton on loan until January 2013, before penning permanent deal

On May 23, 2013 Carlisle announced his retirement from professional football


Ambassador for Premier League and Kick It Out – which campaigns for inclusion and equality in football

Co-commentator for ITV Sport on Europa League and FA Cup games

Overall won three caps for England Under 21 side