We are delighted to announce that centre-back Peter Clarke is our first signing of the summer....
The former Huddersfield Town skipper joins the Shakers on a two-year deal after leaving Blackpool at the end of the season.
Clarke, who was released by Huddersfield Town a year ago, was a regular in Blackpool's starting eleven last season and was rated as one of the best performers in the side.
The 33 year-old centre-back brings a wealth of experience to the side, having played more than 550 games throughout his career. He has also featured in England's Under 21's side, gaining eight caps between 2002 and 2003.
Clarke began his career at Everton. During his time with the Toffees he made nine league appearances and had loan spells with Blackpool, Port Vale and Coventry City.
In 2004 he joined Blackpool on a permanent basis and was made Club Captain. He then went on to captain Southend United who he joined in 2006, before moving onto Huddersfield Town in 2009.
Clarke captained Huddersfield throughout his five seasons at the club, making over 200 appearances in all competitions and achieved promotion to the Championship via the Play-Offs in 2011/12. On his arrival he was immediately named as Club Captain by Manager Lee Clark, after joining from Southend United, where he was crowned 'Player of the Year' on two occasions.
He has won the 'Player of the Season' award at Blackpool, Southend United and Huddersfield Town.
Today David Flitcroft spoke of his delight over the signing, stating “Peter is a very important signing for the team and the Club as we enter an exciting new League One adventure. With his experience, knowledge and understanding of playing at higher levels it was important to capture his services and add him to the group.
"He is a natural born leader and organiser; a football man of stature and standing in the game. With the young, dynamic defenders we currently have at the Club he complements them superbly.
"We worked hard to secure Peter's services as we believe he can improve and take us forward. His greatest quality is as a person. We already have an outstanding group of people, so it is important that we recruit good players but more importantly good people, and in Peter he possesses that great human quality that makes him stand out."