Seven goals, five assists and 40 appearances were enough to tempt Charlton to swoop for Billy Clarke and make him their first signing of the 2017 transfer Window. His creativity was evident in the ‘number 10’ role as he finished second in the league for number of key passes played in 2016/17.
The Irishman made a brilliant start to life at Charlton but that was cruelly brought to an end by a serious knee injury sustained at Blackburn Rovers in December 2017. Nine months of rehab was to follow and his aim is to return to action in September 2018.
The 30-year-old had previously represented Crawley Town, when he contributed to 20 goals in his 82 appearances. Clarke started at Ipswich Town, making his debut as a 17-year-old before making a further 56 appearances. Loan stints soon followed at Colchester United, Falkirk, Darlington, Northampton Town and Brentford, before a permanent move to Blackpool with whom he helped win promotion to the Premier League in 2010.