Newcastle have just announced the signing of 26 year-old Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark.
This is another excellent signing for Newcastle and we are also expecting another signing later today – Mohamed Diame from Hull City.
This is Newcastle’s 7th summer signing this summer and it is believed Ciaran cost us £5M from Aston Villa.
Ciaran Clark – 7th summer signing for Newcastle United
Here is what Newcastle have just put up on their web-site:
Newcastle United have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international defender Ciaran Clark.
The versatile 26-year-old joins from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at St. James’ Park.
Clark came up through the ranks at Villa Park before making his debut in August 2009, while still a teenager.
It wasn’t long before he became a regular in the Villa side and over the following six seasons made a further 158 appearances, scoring ten goals.
The center-back has also won 19 caps for the Republic of Ireland, representing his nation at Euro 2016 this summer.
This is what Ciaran said after signing:
“Newcastle is a massive club so I’m really happy to be here,”
“Importantly, it is a club that is moving in the right direction and pushing for the right things, so I’m really excited to now be a part of that.”
“Things seem to have progressed really quickly over the last few days, but I’m delighted to have got it all done and be a part of this squad.”
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added:
“Ciaran is a very versatile player, as a left-footed center-back he can also play left-back and also as a defensive midfielder.
“He has a lot of experience of English football and will add good balance and competition to our squad.”
“I am sure he will progress with us here at Newcastle, we are very happy for him to join us.”
This is a top signing for Newcastle and we feel that Benitez can make Ciaran into a very good player for us.
Wonder where Rafa will play him – left-back maybe?