Grimsby Town have announced their second signing of the transfer window by adding striker Billy Clarke to their ranks.
The 31-year-old joins the Mariners after being released by Plymouth Argyle, for whom he made nine goalless appearances this season.
Clarke began his career at Ipswich Town, featuring on loan for Colchester, Falkirk, Darlington, Brentford, and Northampton before joining current Grimsby boss Ian Holloway at Blackpool, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League.
He’s since appeared for Charlton, Crawley, and Bradford, as well as the Pilgrims. Ian Holloway admitted he’d frustrated the forward before and was looking forward to seeing him perform for the Mariner.s
“I’ve had him before, he was one of the younger ones who was totally frustrated with me and the situation because he was desperate to play,” said the new Grimsby boss.
“He was a massive part of what we did (at Blackpool) and his enthusiasm and I’m just trying to get him back. He will have to prove to me again but it’s his personality that I am bringing, I want us to believe, I want us to be fresh,
“I want hungry, hungry people who need to run, not want to run it’s a big difference.”
Reaction to the move has been mixed, with a majority of supporters behind the new face, although one or two are questioning his record, which kicks off our roundup below.
Not convinced on this one..not enough goals on his cv. Hope proved wrong
— EStreetBand1972 (@EStreetBand1972) January 9, 2020
At least we know Holloway isn’t behind the signings? Holloway has signed him in the past for clubs 😂
— Ben Hill (@ES_BHill) January 9, 2020
Another clown who judges players 5 minutes after we’ve signed them 🤡
— Jason Harvey ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@jaseharvey2) January 9, 2020
Welcome To GTFC, Olly will build a team to go up next season , a few goals and you are on board Billy . Good luck
— Mark Wells (@MarkWells47) January 9, 2020
— Peter Anderson (@pganderson) January 9, 2020
Welcome Billy.. And enjoy the ride like the rest of us…. 🏴🏳️🏴🏳️🏴
— Sharon Codd (@Sha0308) January 9, 2020
Welcome. Great news. All we ask is that you work like hell for us. And 25 goals would be nice 😉
— Mark Wilson (@Markontwowheels) January 9, 2020