“It’s a case of getting out on loan as soon as

## ## Leicester City new boy Mitch Clark on journey from being ready to quit football to Premier League dreams

New Leicester City signing Mitch Clark in pre season action for Aston Villa (Image: Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)Sign up to FREE email alerts from LeicestershireLive Weekday Leicester City FCSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeLeicester City new boy Mitch Clark admits he thought about quitting football more than once, but now he is determined to chase his Premier League dream.Clark joined the Foxes on a three year deal after being released by Aston Villa at the end of last season.The 20 year old defender, who will link up with City under 23s initially, has not always believed he would make it to the top.”There’s been so many times when I’ve felt like packing it up because I felt like I wasn’t good enough,” he told Birmingham Live. “If it wasn’t for my family, my friends and Lee (Marsh, Clark’s agent) I wouldn’t still be playing football.”When I was younger, I wouldn’t say I was bullied, but I was picked on. Everyone knew each other (in the academy) and because I’m from Coventry, I was the only one from my area that was there. I didn’t feel part of the team. I was always on my own.Read MoreWho is Mitch Clark? Lowdown on Leicester City newest signing”I’d always enjoy my football and I’d always be playing but there were times when I was thinking, ‘I don’t really want to be here, I’d rather just go and play with my mates. “Football is my life. I’m not great as far as education goes. I seemed to be one that beat myself up.”Clark is primarily a right back, but he can play across the back four. He was on the fringes of the first team at the start of last season before Villa takeover saw a fresh injection of funds, allowing new signings which pushed him down the pecking order.”In my head I felt I was closer to the first team than perhaps Villa actually thought,” Clark said. “Me being disappointed was probably my own fault.”Any young lad going up to the first team and coming back down to your own age group is disappointing.”Clark made just one first team appearance for Villa, in the Carabao Cup against Wigan. As he entered the final year of his contract, he knew it was essential to get first team experience, hence a loan move to Port Vale, where he impressed in League Two.Leicester City Joshua Gordon competes with Aston Villa Mitch Clark, for a ball during their Main Tournament Cup Final match in 2017.(Image: Power Images/Getty Images)”At the start of the season I said to myself, ‘Right, I’ve got a year left, I can’t play under 23s.’ If I played 23s and got released I’d have no experience under my belt and no one knows who you are. No team knows how you can cope with first team football,” he said.”You think that if you play for Aston Villa then people are going to know about you, but that’s not the case.”It’s a case of getting out on loan as soon as possible. I probably should have went on loan the year before.”In that year I made my debut, which I’m grateful for because if you’d asked me at that moment in time if I’d ever thought I’d make a first team appearance for Aston Villa, no chance.

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