Carlisle leaves home town club

Photo : Ian Robinson'Clarke Carlisle after the Preston North End v AFC Bournemouth Npower League One match at Deepdale
Photo : Ian Robinson'Clarke Carlisle after the Preston North End v AFC Bournemouth Npower League One match at Deepdale
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Clarke Carlisle has left Preston North End after the cancellation of his season long loan from Burnley.

The Preston-born central defender will now join Northampton Town from the Clarets on loan in a bid to help their fight against relegation from League Two.

Carlisle’s final game in PNE colours came last Saturday when he scored with a header in the 2-1 defeat to Yeovil Town.

He joined North End in July, fulfilling a career-long ambition to play for his home town club.

Preston boss Graham Westley said: “Clarke has been a terrific professional over the last couple of weeks but was finding it difficult to merge his wider responsibilities with the new regime that I have introduced at the club.

“He gave me all he could whilst I settled in, never missing a moment until I could replace him.

“The move to Northampton allows us both to move on in a positive way which is how we agreed to work together.”

Carlisle, 32 - chairman of the PFA - made 27 appearances for North End.