Fleetwood boss Scott Brown says Tom Clarke move to Halifax suits all parties

Fleetwood boss Scott Brown says defender Tom Clarke's surprise move to hometown club FC Halifax Town suits all parties.

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The two-year deal was confirmed on Saturday morning, ahead of Fleetwood's League One opener at Port Vale, and the 34-year-old played for the National League club in that afternoon's friendly win over Curzon Ashton.

The former Preston North End captain, who joined Fleetwood last summer after a season at Salford City, made 36 appearances for Town in 2021/22, scoring twice.

Tom Clarke has left Fleetwood for FC Halifax Town Picture: FLEETWOOD TOWN

At the end of that campaign, Fleetwood triggered the extension option in his contract to cover this season.

Head coach Brown said of the move: “Tom did a fantastic job at the club last year but I want to try and keep a high line.

“He maybe wasn't going to play as many minutes as he wanted.

“He's away to Halifax, it's close to home and he has a young kid as well. I think it was a perfect situation for ourselves as a team and for Tom.”

The deal followed a friendly between the two clubs at Poolfoot Farm last Tuesday.

Halifax boss Chris Millington hailed Clarke a “brilliant signing”, which came about through a conversation with the player’s elder brother Nathan, who finished his own career with Halifax.

Millington told the Halifax Courier: “it's a dream move in some respects for Tom, to come and play for his hometown club.

"And it's also a dream move for us to be able to secure the services of such a highly respected professional."