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Clarke left in cold

Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 30, 2001  14:27 GMT

Bolton hero Matt Clarke admits he has no idea where his future lies after returning to Bradford City following his three-month loan spell at the Reebok Stadium.
The 27-year-old keeper helped Sam Allardyce's men win promotion to the Premiership with a solid display in the First Division play-off final victory over Preston on Monday.
But the former Sheffield Wednesday stopper is now out in the cold after returning to Valley Parade where boss Jim Jefferies has made it clear he is second choice to Gary Walsh.
Clarke said: "It would be nice to get it sorted out, then have a nice break. I came here to do a job and I've done it. It was a gamble for me that worked.
"I think that I have shown while I have been here that I'm well capable and I have put myself in the shop window."
Allardyce is pondering whether to make a bid for his services, but Bradford are believed to be looking for a fee of about £2 million.
Clarke was transfer-listed by Bradford at his own request after being left out against Newcastle last December.
And the keeper admits he found it difficult playing second fiddle to former Manchester United ace Walsh.
"It was difficult to get my head around what happened at Bradford and to find myself out in the cold," he said.
"But I have enjoyed myself at Bolton. They are a huge club and belong in the Premiership. I am sure they will stay there."
Clarke signed a four-year contract when he joined Bradford in July 1999 from Sheffield Wednesday.

Picture: Could Clarke wear a City shirt again?
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