8 Ex-Premier League players who you'll find in Non-League this season

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Posted by Elliott York - 24 August, 2017

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Conversations with your mates about the beautiful game can often leave you questioning where some former fan favourites have vanished too. 

Look further down the football pyramid and you'll find a host of ex Premier League stars that are enjoying the latter stages of their careers in Non-League. 

Here's a selection of high profile players that are currently playing, coaching or managing outside the Premier League and Football League. 

Paul Konchesky - Billericay Town

The former Fulham, West Ham, Liverpool and Leicester City defender joined the high spending Bostik League Premier Division club midway through last season from League One outfit, Gillingham.

The left back has bags of experience at the top two levels of English football, achieving 627 appearances at club level and earning himself two England caps in the process.

The 36-year-old is a Championship winner with The Foxes and played a role in their great escape, however, he unfortunately missed out on a Premier League winners medal after going out on loan to Queens Park Rangers when the East Midlands club completed the unthinkable.

After tasting cup final victory last season, Konchesky will be aiming to help guide The Blues to promotion this season.  

Julio Arca - South Shields

The former Middlesbrough and Sunderland midfielder enjoyed a great season with South Shields last year. The outstanding moment was leading his team to FA Vase victory at Wembley in front of 13,000 Shield supporters.

Before a foot injury ended his professional career, Arca played a total of 157 Premier League games, 86 with the Black Cats and 71 for Boro.

The Mariners have won three from three this season and with Arca missing those games due to being back in Argentina, you get the sense that this season could be another good year for the team.

Jermaine Pennant - Billericay Town

A Champions League runner up with Liverpool in 2007, Pennant also held the record for being the most expensive trainee football when Arsenal signed him for £2 million from Notts County.

Since then, Pennant has completed spells with Birmingham City, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Stoke, Wolves and Wigan.

 

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Despite having offers on the table from the top leagues in Scotland, Turkey and Cyprus, the 34-year-old decided that signing a 2-year contract at the Essex club was the best place for him to play football.


Clinton Morrison - Mickleover Sports 

For the 2017/18 campaign, the veteran striker will take up a double role at the club, becoming first team coach as well as getting on the pitch when they feel it’s necessary.

The former Palace front man, 38, admitted that his fitness levels weren’t good enough last season, so this season should prove to be better for him and hopefully Sports.


 

 

The Irishman's 719 league games indicates the level of experience and knowledge he’ll once again bring to the table, maybe we’ll see him score some vital goals this season.  

Kevin Foley - Billericay Town

The third player on Billericay’s books in the list to have played in the Premier League is former Wolves defender Foley.

Like Konchesky, the 32-year-old has a Championship winners medal which he picked up at the end of the 2008-09 season; the year where he also won Wolve’s player of the year award.

The Irishman clocked 194 appearances for The Wanderers, as well as making 151 first team appearances for his hometown club Luton.

The experience Billericay now have in the ranks means expectations of promotion this season will be at an all time high, it should be an interesting season for The Blues.

Darren Carter - Solihull Moors

The former Birmingham City and West Brom midfielder was part of the Forest Green Rovers side that successfully gained promotion to the Football League. However, he left The New Lawn by mutual consent before their Wembley heroics.

The 33-year-old announced himself at 16 when he scored the decisive penalty to send the Blues back to the top flight.

Spells at West Brom, Preston, Cheltenham and Northampton followed and when he left Rovers, Solihull Moors provided a chance for Carter to help another non-league team to progress.

Jamie O’Hara - Billericay Town 

The former Tottenham and Wolves midfielder captained The Blues in their Ryman League Cup success last season, whetting the appetite for them to push on for promotion this season.

 

The ex England U21 international joined the Essex club back in March and with no offers coming in from League clubs after his stint on Celebrity Big Brother, Billericay provided a good starting block for the 30-year-old to try and reignite his football career.

Scoring more goals like this will do his future ambition no harm at all.

Steve Claridge - Salisbury City

A former Premier League player and League Cup winner with Leicester City, the 51-year-old is vastly experienced and has proved this with his excellent managerial record with Salisbury City.

The Whites and Claridge gained promotion to the Southern League Division One South & West after being crowned champions of the Wessex League Premier Division title in 2016.

Last season was another impressive year, he guided his side to 2nd in the League but a disappointing defeat in the play-off final followed, denying them back-to-back promotions.

The future looks bright for the club and with Claridge seemingly happy and clearly doing a great job, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be pushing for promotion again this season.

Although, maybe the 51-year-old hasn't quite hung up his boots just yet?

Topics: Football, Non-League


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