Monday, 30 May 2011
420 Clark Keltie
Position : Midfield
Played : 2008-09 to 2009-10 ( didn't play in latter season )
Appearances : 31
Goals : 1
Now we come to the 2009-09 season. By finishing 6th and not getting through the play-off semi-final against Gillingham it looks like we slipped a notch compared to the previous season but in fact we did pretty well considering the loss of David Perkins, a subdued Chris Dagnall as he recovered from injury, a chronic lack of goals from midfield and the prolonged failure to find an adequate replacement for Glenn Murray. Automatic promotion looked on the cards until a slide in form at the end of the season as Lee Thorpe in particular ran out of steam.
Clark was signed in the summer from Darlington on a free transfer having made 161 appearances since 2001 scoring 9 goals.
Not exactly pin-up material, the Herman Munster-lookalike with the eccentric choice of car was the immediate replacement for Perkins in the middle alongside Gary Jones. He wasn't a bad player but very different in style preferring to sit deep and ping the ball about. Clark looked rather languid and didn't carry the ball forward at all. His only goal was a penalty at Exeter. He was also useless at tackling with a tackle/booking ratio that was even worse than Michael Simpkins.
After the first couple of months he was displaced by the more dynamic Ciaran Toner and had to rely on injuries to Gary Jones to get in the side. Clark's career with us ended abruptly away at Luton when he reacted badly to being substituted at half time. Whatever he said didn't go down well with the management and he was immediately transfer-listed and dropped from the squad altogether.
No other club was interested in taking him off our hands and he ended up on loan at crisis club Chester until they went out of business then switched to Gateshead. He finally agreed a deal to leave the club in January and appeared to be going back to Darlington until a last minute switch to Lincoln instead.
He did well enough in 11 games to get another year's contract but was out for months with a thigh strain last season. He returned to take part in the disastrous end-of-season run that saw Lincoln relegated and has just been released.