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Huddersfield set to sign Clarke

Peter Clarke
Clarke has rejected a new deal with Southend to join Huddersfield

Southend United central defender Peter Clarke is set to join League One rivals Huddersfield Town on a free transfer.

The three-year contract is subject to formalities and the player passing a medical over the coming weeks.

Manager Lee Clark told the club's official website: "Peter is a real coup for the club.

"Although he had other options available to him, including clubs from higher divisions, we are delighted he has chosen to move to us."

"We have had him watched on many occasions and I like what I have seen of him, especially in his game against us at home earlier this season.

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"I have been more and more impressed with Peter since I have met him; he has a terrific mentality and I am sure he will become a vital member of our side."

On his move to Huddersfield, Clarke said: "It has been quite an easy decision to make, given the ambition and enthusiasm of the manager, the chairman and the staff around the club.

"I want to play at the highest level I possibly can, which is how it should be, and given that the ambition of the club matches my own ambition the decision was an easy one.

"The manager has seen me play and he knows what he will get. I will do a job for the greater good of the team."

Clarke began his career as a trainee with Everton and made nine appearances for the Toffees before moving to Blackpool in 2004.

After 84 appearances at Bloomfield Road, he moved to Southend in 2006 following their promotion to the Championship.

He was named the club's player of the year last season, during which he scored the equaliser in Southend's 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup.

He leaves Southend after a total of ten goals in 124 appearances.

He is a leader, which is what I want throughout the spine of my side

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark

Terriers manager Clark added: "He is a leader, which is what I want throughout the spine of my side.

"We need strong, aggressive players who will not be pushed aside when it comes to the physical element of the game because then the good footballers we have will be able to get on the ball more.

"We need the right set of players to be here come August, so everyone - myself included - will have to be patient.

"There is no point in rushing out and bringing in poor substitutes - I will get the right people into the club."



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