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Clarke pens new Terriers contract

Nathan Clarke
Clarke has scored three goals for the Terriers this season

Huddersfield Town defender Nathan Clarke has signed an extended deal keeping him at the club until 2012.

The 25-year-old has started every game since the arrival of manager Lee Clark in December.

He told the club website: "It really feels like we are getting somewhere - I wouldn't have signed otherwise."

New deals have been offered to Andy Holdsworth, Danny Cadamarteri, Alex Smithies, Simon Eastwood, Gary Roberts, Michael Collins and James Berrett.

Meanwhile Clarke's brother Tom, who is also a defender is expected to agree a new deal in the next few days.

The manager told BBC Radio Leeds: "These are the players I have gone with to the board of directors and asked to come to some agreement with.

"The board have backed me 100% and are trying to come to some agreement with the players and their advisors.

Hull City should be the benchmark for us. We were playing them regularly a couple of seasons ago but they have shot up through the divisions and all we need is that consistency.

Nathan Clarke

"I knew from the start that I was inheriting a good group of players that might just need a tweak here and there."

On signing his new contract, Clarke, who has made 266 appearances for Huddersfield, added: "The spell I have committed for will be a crucial time in my career, as I will be 28 in 2012.

"The club really needed to be pushing forward and I think that the appointment of the manager and his backroom staff, the backing from the new chairman and the growing fan-base shows that it is the place to be.

"If we can sneak into the play-offs this season, it would be brilliant.

Alex Smithies
Goalkeeper Smithies is still considering a new contract offer
"I want to play at as high a level as possible and given the facilities we have here we could establish ourselves in the Championship.

"Hull City should be the benchmark for us. We were playing them regularly a couple of seasons ago but they have shot up through the divisions and all we need is that consistency.

"We are all pushing together and it can be done. I'm excited about what lies ahead.

"I'm delighted that Huddersfield offered me a new contract and it's now great that I can just concentrate on my football.

"I live in the area, everything I do is based around Huddersfield and I am glad to be here."

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