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Wrexham FC midfielder is full of faith

25 June 2013

Richard Williams - Evening Leader By Richard Williams - The Leader

Joe ClarkeMidfielder Joe Clarke believes player-boss Andy Morrell will make new signings that can help Wrexham challenge for promotion once again next season.

Morrell has seen centre-back Martin Riley and leading scorer Danny Wright opt to join Mansfield Town and Forest Green Rovers respectively instead of extending their careers at The Racecourse.

Recruiting two strikers is the priority to give Morrell more options in attack and although the only arrival so far this summer is 19-year-old winger Theo Bailey-Jones, who has penned a six month deal, Clarke has complete faith in his manager.

“It is disappointing to lose Martin and Danny because they did well for us last season,” said Clarke.

“But the season before that we lost the likes of Curtis Obeng, Lee Fowler, Nat Knight-Percival, Mathias Pogba and Jake Speight. They are all great players but we still got close to getting promoted last season.

“Mozza and Billy Barr know what they are doing. They know the right people to bring in to get the job done.

“They are always going to look to bring players in. Obviously we did not want to lose Martin and Danny but these things happen in football.

“Mozza and Billy will know what they want to do. They know what they need and I am confident they will bring in good players who will only make us stronger.”

Although Riley and Wright have left, nine players signed new contracts with Clarke putting pen to paper on a one year deal.

Clarke, who played for Solihull Moors and Darlington prior to joining Wrexham in August 2011, was only offered a six month contract 12 months ago before signing until the end of the season and he is pleased his efforts throughout last term have been recognised by Morrell.

“It’s great that Mozza felt I deserved a year. It is a real confidence boost,” said Clarke, who returns for pre-season training with his team-mates on Monday. “I am looking forward to getting back started again now.

“I felt I had a good season and that I am improving all the time. It was only my second year in full time football so this will be my third season when we return.

“The one year contract means I can focus fully on football, my own game and hopefully help Wrexham win promotion.”

Clarke, who has established himself as a first team regular at Wrexham over the last two seasons, still believes he has a lot more to offer.

“When you go full-time it takes time to get used to training every day and things like that,” said Clarke. “But I feel that my game improved a lot last season and I am looking to go on and improve again next season.

“You are always learning and with the players we have got here, and working with Mozza and Billy, I will take it on board and hopefully get better and better.”

Clarke’s personal efforts were recognised last season as he won the Conference Player of the Month award for January after scoring in four consecutive matches, including a stunning winner in the 2-1 victory at Alfreton Town, and it is an accolade he is proud of.

“Getting noticed by the whole league, and not just people at Wrexham, was a nice touch and I was delighted to get the award,” added Clarke.

“Hopefully I get a couple more next season!”



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