NEW loan signing Jack Clarke enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in senior football last term.
The versatile, attack-minded player achieved the following: he made his first-team debut for Leeds United, scored his first goal in the Championship and then earned a move to the Premier League.
It’s worth mentioning that Clarke was selected by England U20s for the first time in the summer, too.
It would be fair to say that, on the whole, 2018/19 was excellent for Jack Clarke. None of the above was just given to him, though.
The mild-mannered teenager worked his socks off to achieve it all and now he is ready to graft again, this time in the colours of Queens Park Rangers.
Clarke became QPR’s first signing of the new decade on Thursday morning and now he cannot wait to get started with Mark Warburton’s squad.
“There were lots of factors that attracted me to QPR,” Clarke told www.qpr.co.uk.
“The magnitude of the club, where the club has been, the current squad, the style of play and the manager; I felt like this was where I wanted to come to help me progress.
“I am looking forward to playing in front of the fans. I really like the way that QPR play and hopefully I can offer something to the team and the fans.”
Clarke, who made 25 appearances for Leeds last season and three in the first half of this term, after re-joining the Whites on loan from Spurs, could make his Rangers debut against his former club on Saturday.
Leeds are coincidentally QPR’s weekend opponents in the Sky Bet Championship but the winger knows that he has to earn his spot in the team.
The R’s are the second highest scorers in the division and winning a place in Rangers’ attack is a challenge that Clarke is relishing.
He said: “The squad is very young and full of fresh faces and that was another major factor in me joining.
“Everyone is pushing for the same things and hopefully we can get there together. I want to play as well as I can, help the team as much as I can and score and create as many chances as I can.”
W12 will be familiar to Clarke as it was the venue for his full senior debut last season. That came in the Emirates FA Cup – a 2-1 win in the third round for QPR – and Clarke remembers it fondly.
He said: “Making my debut was amazing. I was really excited and I wanted to do what I know I can do and try and help the team to progress in the cup.
“At the time, the result was obviously disappointing but I was just full of excitement on the day. The atmosphere was great and I remember QPR matching the Leeds fans, so hopefully we are in for a good atmosphere on Saturday.”