Free agent Billy Clarke is on trial at Bolton Wanderers.

The Trotters are taking a look at the 31-year-old, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

Clarke is in the hunt for a new club after being released by Bradford City at the end of the season. Bolton are in desperate need of some players ahead of the their upcoming League One campaign and could turn to him.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson. ProSportsImages.co.uk

The experienced striker has racked up 399 appearances so far in his career and scored 77 goals.

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He started out at Ipswich Town and rose up through their youth ranks before having loan spells away as a youngster at Colchester United, Falkirk, Darlington, Northampton Town and Brentford.

Clarke was signed by Blackpool in 2009 but struggled to make an impact during his time at Bloomfield Road and left for Crawley Town two years later after a brief loan spell at Sheffield United.

He became a key player for Crawley and scored 24 goals in 92 games for them which earned him a move to Bradford City in 2014.

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Clarke bagged 25 goals in 122 appearances for the Bantams before moving onto Charlton Athletic in 2017. However, he moved back to Valley Parade after just over a year with the Addicks last summer.

He is now weighing up the next chapter of his career and will be eager to impress Bolton on trial. Clarke could prove to be a useful acquisition for Phil Parkinson’s side.


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