Ipswich Town have completed a permanent deal for Arsenal youngster Harry Clarke for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old defender was on the club’s books as a youngster and returns to Portman Road having spent the first half of the season on loan with Stoke City. He was a mainstay in the Potters’ defence featuring 20 times across three competitions.
In moving to Ipswich, Clarke drops from the Championship to League One although the Tractor Boys are in with a chance of promotion as they challenge Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth Argyle at the top of the table.
Last year, the right-back started the 2021/22 campaign with Ross County and finished it with Hibernian after securing a move in January. Prior to that, he’d also had a spell at Oldham Athletic.
In his first interview, he said: “I’m home and it feels good. The style of play is something I really like, and I want to be a part of it.
“The conversations with the manager have been great and he solidified my decision to come back. I can’t wait to step out of the tunnel at Portman Road, it will be an amazing feeling.”
Clarke has opted to wear the number 34 in recognition of his grandfather who was born in 1934 and was also on the books at Ipswich in the fifties. A nice touch.
Best of luck to him.
Any indication of the fee?
And did we insert sell ons or a buyback? Goodluck to the lad…has a career as a professional…..
A “7 figure fee” is reported in the Ipswich Star
If the fee is correct then that’s the academy generating funds, which seems positive to me, developing players for the Arsenal senior squad but those not quite at that level still bringing a good fee into our club. Small positive steps…
All the best. He has had a pretty good loan spell and looks good. Think we may see him in the premier league one day.
According to my mate who is a Tractor Boy there is s bit of money behind Ipswich now with the intention to get them back in the PL. At least that’s what he said a year or so ago.
Good luck Harry
And hopefully plenty of game time
Will be a great CB and hopefully he will come to the prem with them
‘Clarke has opted to wear the number 34 in recognition of his grandfather who was born in 1934 and was also on the books at Ipswich in the fifties. A nice touch.’
That is a nice touch. Well done to him.