Saturday, 23 April 2011
354 Jamie Clarke
Position : Midfield (also played at right back)
Played : 2004-05 to 2005-06
Appearances : 64
Goals : 1
Jamie was signed on a free transfer from Mansfield for whom he'd made 27 appearances in defence, the bulk of them in 2002/03.
He was signed as cover for the ageing Wayne Evans but after showing well in substitute appearances soon elbowed out Neil Brisco for a central midfield slot. As a tall and rangy player he could cover a lot of ground, often able to rectify his own mistakes with firm tackles. His passing was pretty good too and he soon became one of our best players signing a contract extension to the end of 2005-06 . However there were rumours that Gary Jones didn't like playing alongside him and was pleased when Jamie had to fill holes in the defence instead. Jamie wasn't quite as impressive as a defender sometimes being caught out of position but was still fairly reliable.
Unfortunately he had to play there more often in his second season after Wayne Evans's departure and rarely got an opportunity in midfield. In January 2006 Parkin decided he was dispensable and persuaded him to transfer to Boston. It seemed crazy to let go of such a versatile player (there were more obvious candidates for being shipped out but I guess no one wanted them) and even more so when we started the 2006-07 season with such a threadbare squad.
Jamie stayed with Boston for 18 months until their relegation in 2007. I hoped Keith Hill might bring him back but instead he signed for Alan Buckley at Grimsby. He settled into the right back position but was not very popular with the fans as the team struggled. In March last year he was released with Grimsby staring relegation in the face. He finished the season with York but wasn't kept on . After trials with Darlington and St Johnstone he decided to sign with a non-league club closer to his home in Lincoln and is now playing for Gainsborough Trinity.