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Town Secure Nathan Clarke

23 June 2017

Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Nathan Clarke on a one-year-deal.

The experienced 33-year-old defender becomes Russell Slade's fourth summer signing and will join up with his new team mates on Monday as the squad return for pre-season training.

Speaking exclusively to GTFC.co.uk, Clarke said "I'm delighted to get it signed and done and dusted. I can't wait to get in on Monday and meet my new team mates and push on this coming season."

Clarke has worked under manager Russell Slade on two occasions at his former clubs, with the gaffer being an important aspect of his move to the Mariners. "It's massive for me working with Russell, I know how he likes to work", said Clarke. "I've obviously worked with him before and we get on really well, so him being at the club was a big thing for me".

Clarke began his playing career at Huddersfield Town, where he developed through the clubs Academy system, making his first team debut at the age of 17 against Stoke City in a 1-1 draw. Clarke spent 11 years at The Terriers making over 300 competitive appearances for the club, before joining Russell Slade at Leyton Orient in the summer of 2012, where the manager made him captain.

In three years at Orient, Clarke made over 120 appearances for the club before making the move to Bradford City in 2015, before eventually being re-united with Russell Slade at Coventry City on January 1st 2017, where he was again made skipper. In his short spell at Coventry, Clarke made 18 appearances for the club.

On his ambitions for the coming season, Clarke has positive thoughts on where the club can go. "As a whole, last year was a good year for the club. Gaining 62 points in our first season back in the league, in a tough leaguge is a fantastic achievement. We all need to work hard together, keep improving for the long and hard season ahead and try and go one better".

Russell Slade's men return to pre-season training on Monday, as preparations begin for the forthcoming season.


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