Date: 26th July 2008 at 8:05pm
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Scott Carson has explained the reason why his expected transfer to Villa wasn’t made permanent.

Speaking to the press Carson explained that Martin O’Neill had spoken to him and said that he really wanted a goalkeeper in who had more experience and that effectively it would mean he would be a number 2 goalkeeper, and after the season he had, especially the England cock ups, Carson wanted first team football to get and keep his career on track.

What I will say from the quotes is Carson doesn’t sound particularly bitter here, and talks about the event fairly to be honest.

‘Villa had an option to buy me but Martin O’Neill said he was a bit unsure, that he wanted to look for a more experienced keeper.

‘I think he has done that by with his move for Brad Friedel which is fair enough.

‘But for someone like myself who is 22, I needed someone to say ‘you’ve got my confidence, you’ve got my backing’ and, having spoken to the manager at West Brom (Tony Mowbray), he gave me a lot of confidence and hopefully I can repay him.’

The lure of first team football certainly had it’s impact here, dare I say any pre arranged signing fee would certainly have been more than the £3.5 million Albion paid for him.

‘I really enjoyed my time at Villa but, like I said, they wanted a more experienced keeper and went down that route.

‘O’Neill said he was still interested but I couldn’t go somewhere maybe just to be second choice. I’d have been better off staying at Liverpool in those circumstances.’

Carson wants to regain his England spot, and he’s hoping the experience he gained whilst at Villa can aide him in that battle whilst he’s with the Albion.

‘I think I am good enough to get back into that England squad. Hopefully I can get a bit of consistency going again and I’ll be looking to get back in.

‘I was left out of the end of season squads but I don’t think I had the best couple of games with Villa before the squad was announced so that was fair enough. I took it on the chin and it just made me want to get back into the squad. It’s great to be at a club permanently and this is a big chance to show what I can do.’