The Irish Independent has published some comments along with a short video of Ciaran Clark. Clark was speaking with teammates ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming international matches.
Ciaran has recently come back into the Newcastle team and his form led to his first call-up for Ireland since last October. Prior to his recent run in the Newcastle team, the 30-year-old had not featured since last January. This lack of game time gave rise to some thought on his Newcastle future this past summer.
This is what Ciaran said when asked if he had thought about leaving Newcastle for first-team football elsewhere:
“Yeah, definitely. It was something I thought about in the summer. I didn’t know what the situation was with the manager and I thought about it a lot, the manager came late into pre-season and there wasn’t much time to do anything.
“He wanted a chance to look at everyone in the squad, I had a chat with him, explained my situation and how I wanted to be playing games. I had a few years of being in and out of the team, it was hit and miss and I wanted to play football.”
“He [Bruce] said to see how the first part of the season went and we’d assess it in January. He was fair with me, it was down to me to keep working hard and training and doing all I could to get back into the team and I have managed to do that.”
Clark was linked with a few clubs this summer. However, Steve Bruce’s decision to keep him at least through the first part of the season has proven to be a wise one.
It’s looking even better now with Jamaal Lascelles facing a couple of months on the sidelines with a knee injury. Bruce generally has an abundance of choice at center-back but is now down to only three fit ones in Clark, Fede Fernandez, and Paul Dummett. Though Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune appear to be close to a return from their knee injuries.
Clark is a consummate professional and has taken his chance when it came. There are still decisions to be made on his future despite his recent successes. His contract, like so many others at Newcastle, runs out with the next year and a half.
However, for now Clark is enjoying a good run in the side which is likely to continue for some time. He’s been just fantastic since that Manchester United victory.