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Huddersfield's Nathan Clarke makes Colchester switch

Nathan Clarke
After 24 appearances last term Clarke has played once this season

Huddersfield defender Nathan Clarke has joined Colchester United on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has played 300 times for the Terriers since making his debut against Stoke in League One in 2001.

Clarke will be available for Friday's visit of Peterborough, subject to the paperwork being cleared.

"To play in the same division is a good opportunity, they're doing really well and pushing for those play-off spots," he told BBC Essex.


"You get times when you're a bit low so to have another manager want you, especially in this division, is fantastic."

U's boss John Ward is struggling for defensive options, with Magnus Okuonghae out with an ankle injury and Pat Baldwin suspended.

Ward has also lost Marc Tierney and Paul Reid, who have joined Norwich City and Scunthorpe respectively.

Clarke missed the early stages of the season with a knee injury and has struggled to get back into Lee Clark's first-team plans.

His only appearance this term came in a 2-2 draw with Carlisle on New Year's Day.

"It's been frustrating at Huddersfield, I've been in and out and on the bench, which has been difficult," he added.

"I'm just used to playing but the size of the squad we've got and the quality the lads possess has made it tough to get in there.

"It's a new thing going on loan, it's something I've not done before, and it's going to be interesting."

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