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.