Meet Portsmouth's answer to Great British Bake Off king Paul Hollywood

Tom Naylor is partial to a few frames of snooker after Pompey training.Â

Friday, 21st December 2018, 2:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:37 am
Matt Clarke. Picture: Joe Pepler

Brandon Haunstrup often hits the golf course once he's finished at Roko. 

He's sometimes joined by Matt Clarke '“ if the centre-back isn't imitating Paul Hollywood back at home. 

The Blues' prized asset is a keen baker and his team-mates can vouch for his culinary skills.

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A tradition at Fratton Park is that everyone must bring a cake into training on their birthday.

But instead of raiding Tesco or Sainsbury's, Clarke instead had a go at making his own. 

He said: '˜It's a general rule in football that when it's your birthday you bring cakes in.

'˜On my birthday, I made my own and they went down well and I did it as a bit of fun.

'˜I've made all sorts '“ sponges, brownies, millionaire shortbread and vegan cake and they've went down well.

'˜Without sounding too sad, I enjoy it and something I do for a laugh.

'˜I haven't had any bad feedback. Not to my face anyway, they might have said something behind my back!

'˜A few people have had a go. Traditionally, people used to just buy Krispy Kreme doughnuts and that's a bit boring. 

'˜A few of us have had a go at baking them and usually they've been alright. 

'˜I think I was the first and maybe started a bit of a trend.'

While kitman Kev McCormack has encouraged Clarke to go on the Great British Bake Off, Clarke admits that would be a step too far.

He added: '˜When you live on your own or with your girlfriend then you have to cook. I'd say I'm alright in the kitchen.

'˜Kev mentioned Great British Bake Off to me a few times but I wouldn't go that far.

'˜I do watch it and some of them make a right mess of it.'