New striker arrives

Last updated : 02 March 2007 By The Chairman
John Sheridan has signed 22 year old striker Leon Clarke on a month's loan from Sheffield Wednesday. Clarke made a £300,000 switch to Hillsbrough in January and Shez has been following the progress of the target man for some time.

He said, "Leon's a lad with a lot of potential and he's impressed me on a number of occasions when he was with Wolves. Hopefully he'll provide us with a bit of spark and freshen things up a little. He's a big, pacy striker with a good touch, and he'll give us some extra height. Brian Laws told me that they've got a number of strikers in form, meaning Leon isn't getting the amount of first team football he'd like. Now he has the chance to do well for us. Hopefully he'll score some goals here. He will play at Carlisle. I've not brought him in to sit on the bench. It's not that anyone isn't performing. Warney and Ports have been different class so far this season but I just think we need to freshen things up."

The signing does not mean the end of incoming players at Boundary Park and Sheridan was quick to reinforce that point by saying, "The main player I'm trying to get is experienced at this level and is currently with a Championship side. He's played in defence this season but can also operate in midfield and I'm sure he'd be a great addition to the side if he came here. I want to bring at least one and maybe two more players in as soon as possible because we've not got many games left. The sooner the better, really. That's not because people haven't been playing well, but I think some of the players need a rest."