Harry Clarke Joins Stoke City On Loan From Arsenal – Sport Grill

Harry Clarke has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan from Arsenal following termination of his loan deal at Hibernian.

Clarke had originally joined Scottish Premiership’s Hibernian on a 18-month loan deal in January but despite scoring one goal in eight appearances, Arsenal opted to terminate his loan spell in Edinburgh by virtue of activating a break clause in his loan contract.

The 21 year-old defender consequently has been sent on loan to Sky Bet Championship’s Stoke City for 2022-23 season, as he becomes the Potters’ second signing of this summer’s transfer window after Aden Flint.

Speaking about his loan switch from Hibernian to Stoke, Clarke said: “It feels unreal coming to a club like this. It’s been a dream to play in the Championship for a while now so it’s good that it’s finally over the line.

“Obviously we had to deal with leaving Hibs, which had to be done the right way, but I’ve been excited about it ever since I heard about it.”

Clarke also proceeded to vow to play his part in “something special here this year,” as he described Stoke “… as a Premier League club like a lot of people do.”

Manager, Michael O’Neill had scouted Clarke during his time in Scotland last season as he spent the first half of the campaign at Ross County before switching to Hibs, with the pair having met and got on well in initial conversations.

Reflecting on the fact that O’Neill made time to attend games in person, Clarke was pleased as he added: “I want to feel wanted so for a manager to come up and see me he’s definitely shown that.”

O’Neill in turn described Clarke as “young and hungry” for success “… with a great deal of potential and we’re delighted to have secured his services for the forthcoming season.”

Doughty commented on his move to Luton as he viewed the move as “a fresh start” after failing to score in 16 appearances for Stoke last season

The 22 year-old also spoke of Luton’s progress up the table as he added: “Over the last few years, getting top half the year before and then top six last year, you can tell the team is just getting better and better, and that is definitely one of the reasons why I’m here.”

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