Ipswich boss expects Matt Clarke Pompey loan agreement

Triallist Matt Clarke, left, is set to sign for Pompey on loan from Ipwich Town    Picture: Joe Pepler
Triallist Matt Clarke, left, is set to sign for Pompey on loan from Ipwich Town Picture: Joe Pepler
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Mick McCarthy expects Matt Clarke to complete a Pompey loan deal before the start of the season.

The 18-year-old Ipswich Town player has impressed Paul Cook, who is eager to add him to his squad.

The left-sided central defender netted in Friday night’s 2-0 win at Woking, his second outing with Pompey since linking-up.

Now Cook wants to turn Clarke’s stay into a loan – and McCarthy anticipates an agreement being reached.

Although firstly the Ipswich boss wants a replacement.

McCarthy told the Ipwich Star: ‘He’ll be going on loan when I’m ready to do it, I need to make sure but he’ll probably be there before the season starts.

‘They’re delighted with him and I really want him to get some football because he’s a great kid and a good player, he needs to be playing at a professional level.

‘He will go but I just need to be sure I’m covered.’

Clarke has been training with Pompey since last week and also turned out in the 2-1 victory over Coventry City.

Elsewhere, former Pompey striker Tom Craddock has joined Vanarama National League side Guiseley.

The 28-year-old had been on trial at Cambridge United, however he has now been snapped up by the West Yorkshire-based club.

Although Craddock’s first appearance on Saturday ended in a 3-1 friendly loss at Bradford Park Avenue.

Manager Mark Bower told Radio Yorkshire: ‘Tom is going to be with us, he is a player I know from playing with earlier in my career.

‘He’s had injury problems over the last few seasons but has been fit for a good few months now, got games under his belt and been training full-time.

‘He has impressed me and showed he will be able to score goals for us and I am confident he has the qualities to fit in and am sure will be a success for us.

‘His goal-scoring record is top-notch and hopefully we can get the best out of him and he can enjoy his football again.’

Meanwhile, Emsworth forward Bradley Tarbuck bagged a double for a Stoke XI against Newcastle Town.

Tarbuck, who was released by the Blues this summer, netted twice in seven minutes to give the Potters a 2-0 victory over their Evo-Stik League Division One South opponents.

Elsewhere former Pompey skipper Ben Chorley recently turned out for Dulwich Hamlet.

The central defender featured in mid-week during a 4-0 friendly victory over Aveley.

The Hamlet play their football in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

Another ex-Blues defender released this summer, Joe Devera, has appeared for Vanarama National League newcomers Bromley in pre-season.

He turned out in their 5-0 win at VCD Athletic a week last Saturday, yet has not featured in their subsequent two matches.

Devera has also spent time training at Crawley Town.