Ex-Leeds United forward reveals why he snubbed Middlesbrough and Derby County

Jack Clarke has revealed that QPR manager Mark Warburton played a key part in him rejecting advances from elsewhere in the Championship.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 3:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 6:51 pm
Jack Clarke
Jack Clarke

The former Leeds United winger has clinched a half-season switch to Loftus Road from Tottenham Hotspur – having been linked with a host of Championship sides over the last month.

Middlesbrough and Derby County were both believed to be keen on the 19-year-old, but discussions with Warburton swayed the winger towards the R’s.

“I spoke to Mark a fair few times,” he said.

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“He was one of the main factors in me coming here – in terms of how he wants to play football and how he sees me fitting in.

“Hopefully I can kick on and help the team,” added Clarke.

“I like to create chances, take people on. I’m very direct with the ball and love running with it.”

Jonathan Woodgate was quizzed on his interest in Clarke earlier this month, and suggested a deal looked unlikely.

“He’s a really, really top player and he’s a Spurs player at the minute,” said the Boro chief.

“I do like Jack Clarke, are we going to get him? I don’t think so but he’s a good, good player.”

Boro have already added a winger to their ranks this month having agreed a loan deal with Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts.

They have also been linked with Sunderland’s Aiden McGeady as Woodgate looks to add depth to his ranks.