Sky Bet League One: Carlisle United defender Pascal Chimbonda out to prove critics wrong
Pascal Chimbonda insists he is ready to build a positive reputation on his return to football with Carlisle United.
Last Updated: 05/11/13 11:36am
During a 14-year career Pascal Chimbonda scaled the heights of the Premier League and represented France on the international stage, but now the defender is plying his trade with Carlisle in Sky Bet League One after signing a deal last month.
Chimbonda, who began his career in Ligue 1 with Le Havre, moved to the English top flight in 2005 to join Wigan Athletic before enjoying spells with Tottenham, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers.
From Loftus Road, Chimbonda joined Championship side Doncaster Rovers before an injury-plagued season caused him to take a year out of football.
After a year of recovery Chimbonda joined non-league club Market Drayton in a bid to regain match fitness and admits he leapt at the chance to return to professional football with Carlisle.
"It is a good opportunity for me to come back because I miss everything about the game, I miss football," he told Sky Sports News.
"For me it was a good opportunity to come back and show everyone that Chimbonda is still there."
Chimbonda's short-term reputation - having represented seven clubs in as many years in England - did precede him but manager Graham Kavanagh was convinced after meeting the player in person.
"I wanted to see him face-to-face in my office, see that look in his eye to know if he was being genuine or not," he added.
"To his word, he has been magnificent. I know he's come with the reputation of being a bit of a sulker but I've not seen that here, he's definitely matured."
Despite the talk of his previous nature, 34-year-old Chimbonda remains adamant it is never too late to change people's perceptions of him.
He said: "Grumpy? Maybe people see this in a bad way but I like people to see it as good, that I have changed.
"People learn about the mistakes they made before and I am not too old to learn about my mistake."