Macclesfield Town have signed Fleetwood Town defender Eddie Clarke on a season-long loan deal.
The twenty-year-old made five appearances in Joey Barton’s side last season following his arrival from Tranmere Rovers.
The young full-back began his career on Birkenhead and made his debut on the final day of the 2016/17 season at Maidstone United. He went on to play a further fifteen times in the league for Rovers, including an outstanding substitute appearance in the Super White Army’s National League play-off Final victory over Boreham Wood at Wembley Stadium.
He joined Fleetwood last summer on a free transfer and many Rovers fans felt the club should have done more to try and keep him. While Macclesfield fans reacted to the news of the signing on social media by worrying about what this means for the future of popular left-back David Fitzpatrick, Tranmere fans were quick to praise the young player and inform fans of the Silkmen they had signed an excellent full-back.
Some fans pointed out that Clarke didn’t exactly look pleased to be signing for the cash-strapped Silkmen on the publicity photo.
Here is a selection of their responses to the news on Twitter.
An outstanding left-back, natural on the ball, pace and an attacking mentality. Came on for Tranmere at Wembley, with the team down to 10 men and did two jobs for 89 minutes. You have a cracking lad there, support him. From a Tranmere Fan.
— David Cockayne (@cockaynedc) July 22, 2019
Doesn't look happy 😥 Is a good player, but probably worried that he won't get paid. Could be worse, they could have loaned him to @buryfcofficial
— Andy Eckford (@andyeckford) July 22, 2019
Great bombing forward and a solid defender. Will do something stupid occasionally like a cruyff turn on the edge of his own box… supporters love it but it will go wrong one day
— mark kavanagh (@kav2216) July 22, 2019
Far too good to be playing League 2. Tranmere shouldve resigned him. Played brilliant in the season we went up and he came on in the final
— Daniel W (@dsw544) July 22, 2019
Good signing was good at tranmere got right player there
— Alex Duncan (@Ajd1995Duncan) July 22, 2019
I swear to god if this means Fitz is going…
— Ed Gorton (@edgorton2) July 22, 2019
— Chris (@oneofthebadgers) July 22, 2019
Left @TranmereRovers too soon Macc getting a very good young player there for sure
— Liam Carson (@liam_carson6688) July 22, 2019
He looks over the moon to be at Macclesfield too
— Jay Lang (@jlang90) July 22, 2019