Leon Marvin Clarke
(born 10 February 1985) is an English footballer
who plays for Queens Park Rangers
as a striker.
Clarke is a product of Wolves'
youth academy, where he worked his way up to making his first team debut in a League Cup
win over Darlington
on 23 September 2003. However, he did not feature at all in the team's Premier League
campaign of that season.
After a loan period at Kidderminster Harriers
in Spring 2004, he made his breakthrough into the Wolves first team in the 2004–05
season, and made 31 appearances, scoring 8 times.
During the 2005–06
season his fortunes were mixed, as he benefited from injuries to others in the early part of the season, before slipping down the pecking order later in the season, after new players were signed. He went out on loan twice; first to Queens Park Rangers
, then to Plymouth Argyle
He played regularly in the first half of the 2006–07 season
but, in January he was transfer-listed when manager Mick McCarthy
said he wanted to "freshen up" the strike force.
On 15 January 2007, Sheffield Wednesday
then manager Brian Laws
announced that the Owls had completed the signing of Clarke for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £300,000 signing a contract until 2009. He wore the number 18 shirt, for the remainder of the 2006–07 season. However, only two months... Read More