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Leon Clarke

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Biography

Date of birth

10/02/1985

Height

188 cm

Signed

30/01/2019

Country

England

Experienced striker who returned to Latics in January 2019, on loan from Sheffield United.

Leon Clarke arrived at Latics boasting a record of nearly 150 career goals and some of the best form of his career in the past four campaigns.

A player with great promise when breaking through the ranks at Wolves, Birmingham-born Clarke scored 15 first team goals for the Molineux club and had brief loan spells with Kidderminster Harriers, QPR and Plymouth Argyle before securing a permanent move to Sheffield Wednesday in January 2007.

In an interesting three years at Hillsborough, Clarke was in and out of the team and spent time on loan with Oldham Athletic and Southend United before he enjoyed a successful 2008-09 campaign in which he scored eight times in 30 appearances.

However, he was soon signed by Neil Warnock at QPR in 2010, a spell that didn't last long before a brief loan at Preston North End and short stay with Swindon Town preceded a loan move to Chesterfield in 2011.

With the Spireites, Clarke found his scoring touch and notched nine goals in 14 league games to earn a move to Charlton Athletic.

Clarke didn't settle in the capital with the Addicks, though, spending time with Crawley Town before he fired in 11 goals in 15 games for Scunthorpe United prior to a move to Coventry City in 2013.

Clarke was a hit at the Ricoh Arena, scoring 28 goals for the Sky Blues before Wolves paid a reported £750,000 to bring him back to Molineux.

He started just 11 games for Wolves, though, and joined Latics on loan in 2015, scoring on his debut in a 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth.

Clarke signed for Bury the following summer and started a real rejuvenation of his career as he scored 18 goals in all competitions in the 2015-16 season, alerting Sheffield United, who signed him the following summer.

For the Blades, Clarke has been prolific, notching 31 goals over two seasons. However, the form of Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick has seen game time more limited in 2018-19, with Chris Wilder allowing the striker to return to the DW on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

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