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3 February 2015

A closer look at new signing Leon Clarke’s career.

  • Leon Clarke joins Latics on loan from Wolves.
  • Striker becomes third signing of deadline day.
  • Read more about the 29-year-old with ’10 Facts’.
1. Born 10 February 1985, Clarke began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, making his professional debut as a late substitute against Darlington in the Carling Cup on 23 September 2003.

2. During his first spell at Wolves, Clarke scored 13 goals in 32 starts, the first of which came against Preston North End in August 2004.  During his time at Molineux he had loan moves to Kidderminster Harriers (2004), Queens Park Rangers (2006) and Plymouth Argyle (2006).

3. Clarke signed for Sheffield Wednesday in 2007, scoring on his debut against Ipswich Town on 11 August 2007.  It was an impressive start to the season for the striker who netted eight times in his first 12 matches.

4. Whilst at Hillsborough, Clarke scored 18 times in 43 starts from 2007-2010 and had short term loans at Oldham Athletic (March-April 2007) and Southend United (August 2007-January 2008).

5. Clarke enjoyed his loan spells at both clubs, scoring three in five games for Oldham and eight in 16 for Southend.  His Oldham debut on 3 March 2007 saw him partner Latics legend Andy Liddell upfront.

6. After leaving Sheffield Wednesday in 2010, Clarke at shorter spells with his former loan club QPR, Preston North End and Swindon Town, before a loan spell at Chesterfield.  His short stint in 2011 saw him score nine goals in 16 games, the first of which came on his debut in a 3-0 victory against AFC Bournemouth.

7. Further spells with Charlton Athletic, Crawley Town, Scunthorpe United and Coventry City followed.  Whilst at Scunthorpe, Clarke scored 11 goals in 14 starts, including on his debut on 8 September 2012 against Sheffield United, just one minute into a substitute appearance.

8. In the same season, Clarke’s initial loan move to Coventry was made permanent in January 2013.  His first goal of 10 in just 16 games came as a last minute winner in a 3-2 victory over Preston.

9. Clarke scored 18 goals in 29 games for Coventry in the 2013/14 season, before he re-joined promotion chasing Wolves in the January transfer window, scoring his first goal back with the club in a 4-1 away victory against one of his former sides Swindon Town.

10. The striker’s opportunities as Molineux have been limited in 2014/15, but he does have two match winning goals to his name, the first away to Leeds United in October and the second away to Sheffield Wednesday in December.

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