Ciaran Clark

Name:
Ciaran Clark
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
26/09/1989
Height:
6' 2" (188cm)
Weight:
12st 0lbs (76.2kg)
Previous Clubs:
Position:
Defender


Ciaran Clark came of age in 2014-15.

It was just a shame he was unable to finish the season, limping off in the 1-0 win over Tottenham in April 2015 - ultimately proving to be his last match of the term.

He finished as third in the player of the season poll, as voted by supporters.

But he'd have been pushing for the trophy had he completed the campaign fit and well.

Like Jores Okore, he was down the pecking order when the season began, finding himself behind Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos and Nathan Baker in Paul Lambert's plans.

But that all changed when injuries cut down the trio.

Clark and Okore formed a brilliant pairing and earned vital wins over the likes of Crystal Palace and Leicester - as well as the double header over West Brom in the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup.

Clark was showing his class, courage and intelligence at the back - and his leadership qualities were there for all to see too.

The former youth and reserve skipper marshalled the back four with verve and really excelled.

He scored his only goal of the season in the 2-1 win over the Foxes in December 2014 - and it was an important header which earned an important victory.

Clark hobbled off at White Hart Lane towards the end of the term - and that was all she wrote as the knee injury curtailed what had otherwise been a brilliant breakthrough campaign for the popular player.

The Irish international made his top-flight debut under Martin O'Neill in the 2-0 win over Fulham in August 2009.

The 25-year-old has showed his versatility since then, playing in central midfield for a period under Gerard Houllier.

His standout moment in claret and blue came under the Frenchman, as he headed in a last minute equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in January 2011.

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