Shrewsbury Town have confirmed the signing of former Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City striker Leon Clarke on their official website after his contract with Sheffield United came to an end earlier this summer.
Earlier this summer, Sheffield United let go of striker Leon Clarke upon the expiry of his contract. The 35-year-old has been on the lookout for a new side since and now, it has been confirmed that he has found a new club.
League One club Shrewsbury Town have moved to bring Clarke in to bolster their attacking ranks. He links up with Sam Ricketts’ side on a one-year deal, keeping him at the club for the duration of the 2020/21 campaign.
Upon the confirmation of the deal, Ricketts spoke to the club’s official website to discuss Clarke. The Shrewsbury boss said it is a “great acquisition” for the club, saying:
“Leon is a player I know well. He knows a few of the lads here already which is good for everyone. He came down and saw the facilities and was amazed at the setup.
“He’s a great acquisition for the Club. He’s got a vast goal-scoring history and he played in the Premier League last season with Sheffield United. Before that, he helped Sheffield gain promotion in another successful season.
“He’s scored a number of goals at a high level and the most important thing for me was that he’s still got the desire and hunger to be successful – that’s vital for us. He also brings some aggression to the top line and we wanted a proven goal-scorer to help us win games.”
Clarke is vastly experienced at Football League level and has played for a wide range of clubs over the course of his career.
After coming through Wolves’ youth academy, he has featured for Wolves, Kidderminster Harriers, QPR, Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham Athletic, Southend United, Preston North End, Swindon Town, Chesterfield, Charlton Athletic, Crawley Town, Scunthorpe United, Coventry City, Wigan Athletic, Bury and Sheffield United.
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