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
Clark


Ciaran Clark has been involved heavily in the senior set-up for several years but there was a feeling he made a major breakthrough in the 2012-13 season.

When fit, Irishman Clark was first-choice in the backline alongside Ron Vlaar.

He suffered a few niggling injuries during the term, one in particular keeping him out for the final games of the campaign.

But the season was one of positives, undoubtedly.

He was sent off against Everton in the first home game but then came back with a goal in a draw with Newcastle the following week.

He even skippered the side several times, firstly against Stoke City and then for subsequent games.

Clark has continued his progress this term, playing regularly alongside Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker.

Clark made his top-flight debut in a 2-0 win against Fulham in August 2009, helping the team keep a clean sheet and almost scoring in the process.

Following an astute and assured performance, Clark was then named in Garth Crooks BBC Team of the Week, alongside some of the biggest names in the game.

It wasn't long before Clark was cementing himself in the first team, often playing out of position at left back or in midfield when injuries arose.

His biggest season at Villa so far came during Gerard Houllier's 2010-11 reign.

Clark scored his first two goals for Villa in an enthralling 4-2 defeat to Arsenal in November 2010.

The first was a powerful volley which deflected off the bar before bouncing over the line. The second was a dominant header which dragged the score back to 2-3.

Another important goal came in the now famous 3-3 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

But that wasn't the end of Clark's scoring escapades, as a dazzling run full of stepovers followed by a perfectly executed left-footed strike against Bristol Rovers in January proved.

Injuries unfortunately prevented Clark from a full 2011-12 programme, but he still managed to score two goals in 18 appearances.

Clark began his Villa career at the age of eleven. He captained the U18 team to the 2007-08 Premier Academy League title before being given a squad number for the 2008-09 season.

Clark will be hoping to make a huge impact for both Villa and Republic of Ireland in the coming years.


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