Bristol Rovers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has today joined Peterborough United for a fee thought to be in the region of £1.25m.
It is the second time the striker has been with posh, having signed a two-year deal early in his career, only to end up leaving for Oldham Athletic. Since then he’s had a somewhat nomadic existence, but 27 goals in 49 outings for the Gas has prompted Posh to fork out for his services a second time.
He has also played for Coventry, MK Dons, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham, but brings an element to the Peterborough attack they don’t currently have, according to manager Darren Ferguson.
“He gives us the physicality that we may lose with Ivan,” Ferguson said, alluding to the on/off saga around striker Ivan Toney.
“The other strikers aside from Ivan – Mo, Dembs and Ricky-Jade – are all very talented in what they do, but they don’t have that physicality and in certain games when it is not going as well as you would like, you need someone to get hold of the ball and get you up the pitch.”
Whilst losing the striker is a blow to Bristol Rovers, it appears their attempts to keep him at the club have been futile. CEO Martyn Starnes confirmed that despite their best efforts, the player was set on a move with just one year remaining on his contract.
“We had been negotiating a new contract with Jonson for the last few months, which would have made him the highest earner at the club,” he said.
“In the last week, Jonson has expressed a desire to leave and with a year left on his current contract, the club has negotiated the best possible fee for his transfer to Peterborough.”
When a player wants to leave a club, it usually leads to bitterness from supporters who once idolised him. However, Gas fans are seemingly split about his departure, recognising the strong business the club have conducted, as well as acknowledging the efforts Clarke-Harris put in during his time at the Memorial Stadium.
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Bye then. Don’t fall over on the way out.
— Rob Davies (@RobbieDavies) August 27, 2020
Good business, but Peterborough. More money must be the only attraction.
— Roni (@Gasperoni27) August 27, 2020
— Rhys Ethridge (@EthridgeRhys) August 27, 2020
GL @ClarkeHarris thx for keeping my club in league one in 2019❤️
— JoeHolbrook7 (@JoeHolb86160262) August 27, 2020
What a waste of his potential
— Mackem (@MarkaMackem) August 27, 2020
He didn’t want to stay here so good
— Jwstyy3496 (@jwstyy3496) August 27, 2020
At least we got some money back from the lemons they have given use over the years, Rene Howe, Luke James and Tom Nichols.
— Ade. (@ademonnery) August 27, 2020
£1.25m for #JCH is great business
Got him for nothing resurrected his career & his goals saved us from relegation
— Jerry Hicks (@JerryHicksUnite) August 27, 2020
£1.25 mill+ add ons for a player who’s frequently injured and has less than a year on his contract? Happy with that. Not saying he’ll be easy to replace as goals win games but all in all it was a good deal for the club and gamble whether he could fulfil a full season anyway
— Gas (@Gas53408954) August 27, 2020