Former Bantam Joins The Mariners

Billy Clarke Joins Grimsby Town Until End Of Season

Grimsby Town Football Club have confirmed they have signed striker Billy Clarke until the end of the season. the former Republic of Ireland International joins the club after being released by fellow Sky Bet League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

Clarke began his career at Ipswich Town coming through the academy system before signing a professional contract with the club in 2005. After a four year stay at Portman Road, Clarke joined Blackpool and Ian Holloway helping the club win promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs. Before the following season had began, Clarke suffered a significant knee injury which kept him out of the entire campaign. 

After a three year spell with the Seasiders, Clarke made the move to Crawley Town where he went on to make ninety-two appearances, scoring twenty-four goals in the process, securing the club’s Player of the Year award for the 2012/13 season. He then made the move to Sky Bet League One side Bradford City where he linked up with fellow Grimsby Town striker James Hanson.

After an eighteen month spell at Charlton Athletic from the summer of 2017, Clarke returned to Bradford City and in total across two spells at the club he made a total of One Hundred and Thirty-six appearances, scoring twenty-six goals before making the move down to Plymouth in the summer of 2019. 

Speaking about signing Billy Clarke manager Ian Holloway said, “I’ve had him before, he was one of the younger ones who was totally frustrated with me and the situation because he was desperate to play. He was a massive part of what we did at Blackpool and his enthusiasm is excellent, he will have to prove himself to me again but it’s his personality that I am bringing to the club. I want us to believe, I want us to be fresh, I want hungry, hungry people who need to run, not want to run it’s a big difference”. 

Billy Clarke and Anthony Glennon who joined on loan from Premier League side Burnley at the start of the week will both now be eligible for selection for Saturday’s trip to Leyton Orient, in which over 1,200 Mariners are expected to travel.

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