Bury and Grimsby Town are in a battle to sign Coventry City’s Nathan Clarke according to a report from BBC Radio Humberside journalist Matt Dean.

The 33-year-old defender only joined Coventry at the start of 2017 as the head coach at the time Russell Slade aimed to do anything that would keep the Sky Blues in Sky Bet League One. He knew Clarke well from their time together at Leyton Orient and thought that an experienced head would help settle their back four and make them a tougher team to beat. However Slade wouldn’t last much longer in the job and Clarke was unable to do much as Coventry got relegated and finished at the bottom of the league.

Clarke would be released at the end of the season following Coventry’s relegation but it appears that he is set for a choice on who his next club will be. Grimsby are said to be interested in the veteran, though they are yet to make any formal contract with the man himself, but they are set to face serious competition from the division above as Bury are also reportedly looking into signing him.

A return to Bury may seem favourable for Clarke at the moment. It would mean he’d get the chance to stay in League One as well as heading back to Gigg Lane, a place he played at in a loan spell back in 2012. But at Grimsby he would get to reunite with Slade once again and may have a better chance of getting regular first team football.

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