Coventry City have signed experienced centre back Nathan Clarke from Bradford City on a deal until the end of the season, as announced by the club this morning.
Clarke made 25 appearances in his time at Bradford and played a key role in the team’s defensive sturdiness last season, forming a great partnership with fellow no nonsense centre back Rory McArdle.
However, after suffering a calf injury at the start of this season, Clarke fell out of favour due to the consistent performances of Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Romain Vincelot and has therefore really struggled for game time.
Stuart McCall told the T&A “They are getting a terrific professional. He’s been a joy to work with and a popular member of the squad.”
“Nathan’s a good strong centre half. He’s a little bit lacking in match sharpness but I’m sure it won’t take long for him to get up to speed.”
Bradford fans have taken to social media to react to the departure of Clarke and wish the player well at his new club. Many have praised the player’s attitude even during difficult periods of very little game time this season.
— Karl Cunliffe (@KDCunliffe) December 31, 2016
Clarke has been exceptional pro, very unlucky that we have 4 other excellent CBs. Given everything when in the team. Will be missed. #bcafc
— KT (@Kthom87) December 31, 2016
— Joe (@Calvey94) December 31, 2016
Many Coventry fans have also had their say on the signing.
Good to get the Nathan Clarke deal over the line. Desperately needed some experience across the back line – decent acquisition! #PUSB
— Matty Roper (@M_Roper96) January 1, 2017
Recently appointed Coventry manager, Russell Slade, will be a familiar face to Clarke who also played under Slade at Leyton Orient. Coventry currently sit in 23rd place in the Sky Bet League One and 33 year old Clarke should provide them with some much needed experience and defensive solidity.