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Blackpool’s chances of signing Leicester City player become clearer

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Neil Critchley has confirmed that Blackpool will not pursue a move for Leicester City defender Mitch Clark.

Clark arrived at Leicester on a three-year deal from Aston Villa in the summer of 2019, and his only game time at the King Power Stadium has come with the Under-23s’.

The right-back has spent time on loan at League Two side Port Vale on two occasions, racking up 61 appearances for the Valiants across two loan spells.

Another move away from Leicester looks to be in the offing for Clark this summer, though, and the defender has recently had chance to impress Blackpool.

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The 22-year-old spent over a week with the club, featuring for 45 minutes against Carlisle United and playing the full 90 minutes against Premier League side Burnley.

But after having Clark in on trial, Neil Critchley has confirmed to the Blackpool Gazette that the club will not be looking to sign the defender.

He said: “I spoke to Mitch the other day about our thoughts about how he had done with us.

“We’re not going to be following that one up, he’ll go back to Leicester and we wish him all the best.”

The Verdict

This is an interesting development.

Blackpool are clearly on the lookout for a new right-back and will need to bring one in before the start of the season, having lost Ollie Turton to Huddersfield and with Jordan Gabriel going back to Nottingham Forest.

Clark would have been a bit of a risky signing given that his only time out on loan has come in League Two, but Critchley clearly saw something in him.

Hopefully Clark has a chance to impress elsewhere, now, and maybe this experience will benefit him in the future.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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