03 Jul 2019 in News
Michael Clarke signs for Town
High profile players continue to flood the gates of Ericstan Park as Michael Clarke adds his name to the growing wealth of talent at Wythenshawe Town.
The 29-year-old centre back has vast experience at higher levels of non-league football, most notably in his time at Stockport County where he was given the captain’s armband before joining Curzon Ashton and most recently defending the rear-guard at Stalybridge Celtic.
“I got the call from Kinsey and he was keen to get me in. I decided I wanted to get involved because I want to enjoy playing football locally. I don’t live too far from the club so it is perfect for me. Pre-season has been really good so far, I’m feeling fitter after each session. The lads are looking in great shape.”
Clarke has also praised the positive atmosphere within the camp and how it has helped him to adjust quickly to his new role.
“We’ve got some good characters at the club which always helps new additions and everyone has been great with me personally. They’ve made me feel really welcome.”
Manager James Kinsey revealed how Clarke’s well-documented ability and know-how in the National League North will be invaluable to creating a far more water-tight defence in the coming season.
“Michael is a natural leader. We conceded too many goals last season and knew we had to strengthen defensively. I asked him if he would be interested with him knowing a few of the lads and being local and thankfully he has committed.”
The central defender has already been imposing himself on the training field, raising the bar for the entire squad and looking to take the same brawn into the domestic season.
“He has settled in quickly and has been setting high standards. He puts his body in front of everything. It’s hard to find defenders like him these days so we are lucky to have him on board.”