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Preston North End FC Player Profiles

Posted 29th June 2013 at 06:55 am

Tom Clarke signed for Preston North End in July 2013, ending a 17-year affiliation with his home town club Huddersfield Town.

The versatile defender started his professional career with the Terriers in 2005 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Club, scoring three times.

Clarke enjoyed brief stints on loan at both Bradford City and Halifax Town in 2008 before finally becoming a regular at the Galpharm Stadium under Lee Clark in the 2009/10 season.

2011/12 marked the most eventful campaign for the former England U19 international though, as he spent time on loan at fellow League One side Leyton Orient before returning to Huddersfield and enjoying Play-Off success at Wembley under Simon Grayson.

Then, one year later, Clarke was given the opportunity to link up with his former boss again at Preston North End, becoming Grayson’s very first signing since taking charge of the team.

And he made the best possible start to his Preston career - scoring the winner against Blackpool in a Capital One Cup tie at Deepdale in the dying minutes.

Clarke's star continued to rise over the 2013/14 season as he put in countless commanding displays at both right back and centre half.

The defender also contributed six goals and was recognised for his efforts by being nominated for the Club's player of the season award.

And Clarke continued to shine during the 2014/15 season with more than one heroic and commanding display which culminated in the now captain hoisting aloft the League One Play-Off trophy at Wembley for his second such success.

Clarke rounded off the campaign with a new two year contract at Deepdale.

Career History