Former Celtic and Cardiff left-back Lee Naylor is pleased to have joined Accrington Stanley after 16-months out of the game, reports BBC.

The 33-year-old struggled to find a club after being released by Cardiff in May 2012, becoming a full-time Dad in the process.

With over 500 senior games to his name, including 22 in the Champions League for Celtic, it was a difficult time and a strange experience for the man from Walsall.

Naylor told reporters: "I found it very weird.

"It was a new experience for me. I've never been out of contract before."

The former England under-21 international said: "It's horrific. I know there are a lot of people unemployed at the moment."

"I've never been without a club and to be without a club for 16 months, watching the results coming in every weekend, is not a nice feeling. I don't want it again."

Naylor trained with his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers in an attempt to keep fit, before signing a short-term contract with Stanley. He is under contract until the end of the season, and will be hoping to impress and earn himself a new deal.

"I try and look at the positives and I got a good year of family time," he added. "I had a new baby and I was a full-time dad.

"But I never stopped working hard or training, because you can join a club at the drop of a hat, so I never gave anything up."

Naylor, the two-time SPL winner with Celtic, made his debut for Accrington Stanley against Rochdale last week - in his first senior game for almost two years.

Naylor has joined an Accrington Stanley side who are bottom of League Two and have lost their last eight games in all competitions.

Former England striker James Beattie is the man in charge of transforming the fortunes for the football league side, although he needs to act quickly if the Stanley's are to survive the dreaded drop at the end of the season.

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