Salford City Football Club have announced the signing of Tom Clarke on a two-year deal after his departure from SkyBet Championship outfit, Preston North End, last month.
The 32-year-old arrived at Deepdale from Huddersfield Town in 2013 after helping the Terriers reach the Championship the year before, an achievement he also managed with Preston in the 2014/15 season.
Tom Clarke made almost 250 appearances in a Preston shirt, finding the net 15 times and leaving the club with a feature on Preston’s ‘Legends of the Town End’ wall, an honour that his new manager, Graham Alexander, also received for his eight years as a player at Deepdale.
In his first interview with Salford yesterday, Clarke said: “I want to come here and try and build on the success they’ve already had. It’s something I want to be involved in and push the club on as far as we can.
“I go out there and want to win. I put my body on the line and work hard.”
Clarke joined Preston a year after Graham Alexander hung up his boots at the club, but seems to have a good relationship already with the Ammies boss.
“I know Graham really well. He’s had a fantastic playing career and as a manager as well.
“I spoke to the manager a couple of weeks ago, and I’m really pleased with what he said on how the club want to progress and I couldn’t wait to get involved.”
At youth level, the former Preston skipper, who can play as a defender or a midfielder, represented England Under-18s and Under-19s and will bring a mass of English Football League (EFL) experience, with spells at four EFL clubs since he made his professional debut in 2005.
🗣 “I want to come here, start afresh, and try to build on the success you’ve already had”
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