Date: 22nd June 2017 at 5:53pm
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Born on 13th December 1987 in Cork Ireland making his age now 29 years old. Height of Clarke is 1.7 m (5ft 7in) His playing position is Striker. Youth career was with Ipswich Town-2005. Senior career again with Ipswich Town from 2005-2009 where he made 49 appearances and scoring three goals.

Clarke is a product of the Ipswich Town Academy and signed professional for the club in May 2005. He made his professional debut as a substitute against Cardiff City in late November 2005.

At the end of the 2005-06 season he was sent on loan to Colchester United to gain experience, playing six league games. During the January 2008 transfer window, he joined Scottish side Falkirk on loan.

After returning to Ipswich, Clarke scored his first league goal in the 2-1 victory over Southampton and followed it up three days later with the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Coventry City. He also scored in a 3-1 victory over Essex side, Southend United.

Clarke was transferred again on 8th August 2008 when he was loaned out to Darlington on a month`s duration which was extended to January 2009. He scored four time against Macclesfield Town on 30th August 2008. He also scored a vital goal in the Carling Cup against Walsall, knocking the League One side out of the Cup.

He joined Northampton Town on a moth`s loan in January 2009. He scored a hat-trick on his debut in a 5-1 win over Crewe Alexandra. It was the first hat-trick scored by a Cobblers player since 2002.

Clarke joined Brentford on loan in the run-in to their attempt to win promotion out of League Two. He was recruited mainly to cover for the absence of fellow Ipswich loanee Jordan Rhodes, who was injured. Clarke scored his first goal for the Bees in the 1-1 game at Bradford City. He ended his loan spell scoring six goals in eight games. He scored 18 goals overall during his three loan spells that season with, Darlington, Northampton and Brentford.

Blackpool: On June 2009, Clarke signed for fellow Championship side Blackpool on a two- year contract with an option for a further year. His first game for the Seasiders was a pre-season friendly against non-league side Burscough on 11th July. Two days later he scored the second goals as Blackpool beat Barnstable Town 5-0 in a 2009 South West Challenge Cup group stage match.

After three months out through injury, Clarke made his return to action as a 78th minute substitute in the 1-0 home win over his former club Ipswich Town on 6th March 2010. Clarke suffered a knee injury that would, it was initially thought, keep him out of action for three months; however, on 26 July 2010 it was revealed that the injury was more severe and that he could miss the whole campaign. This was confirmed when, on 2 February 2011, he was left out of Blackpool`s 25-man squad for the reminder of the season.

Crawley Town: On 31st January 2012, Clarke joined League Two club Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee. The signing of Clarke was a signal of intent from Crawley Town, who beat off the interest of several other clubs. Crawley boss Steve Evan`s called Clarke a wonderful signing. Clarke featured as a regular first team player in both 2012/2013 and2013/2014 but missed a number of games due to injury. He did whoever win Player of the Year award in the 2012/2013 season, scoring 14 goals in League One for Crawley. He continued with scoring with a further 7 goals for Crawley in the 2013/2014 season.

Bradford City: Clarke signed for Bradford City in June 2014 on a two-year deal. He made his debut on 9th August in a 3-2 win against Coventry City at Valley Parade.

Charlton Athletic: Clarke signed for the Addicks in June 2017 on a two-year deal. Clarke seems to have goals in him judging by past performances. At almost thirty years old, I wonder if his best might have been for the clubs mentioned. Karl Robinson has seen something he likes and is prepared to add him to the rebuilding of his squad. Not a favourite of the supporters out of the three we have secured, but who knows there might be still some eagerness in his play that will produce the form he showed in previous clubs.

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