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Alec's ready and raring to go for his Big Day

29 July 2005

Watford goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain is fully fit and cannot wait to lead the team out for his testimonial game against Charlton this Saturday.

Alec suffered a calf strain during the Hornets' pre-season trip to Denmark, but he was given the all clear to face Premiership Charlton at Vicarage Road after coming through a rigorous training session on Wednesday. He came through another tough session on Thursday unscathed, and is now looking forward to his big day.

"The build up to the game against Charlton has been frantically busy," said Alec. "I've been very flattered by all the interest in the game, from supporters to the media. I've had lots of phone calls and done quite a few interviews for radio, TV and newspapers, and obviously I appreciate the interest so many people are showing.

"Obviously I was slightly worried when I got injured in Denmark last week, but it wasn't long before I realised the injury was nothing too serious, and though I took it easy for a couple of days I've worked hard in training this week, and can't wait now to run out at Vicarage Road on Saturday."

Alec, who is preparing for his 25th season as a professional and expected to start the season as Watford's first choice goalkeeper, has played over 800 senior games in a career that has taken him from Colchester to Watford, via Everton, Luton and Sunderland.

He was awarded a Testimonial by Watford when he signed on the dotted line for a 10th successive season with the club, where he now doubles up as player and goalkeeping coach.

Written by Peter Jones, of the PR consultancy Red Alert Media.

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