Matt Clarke has left Brighton & Hove Albion to join Middlesbrough on a three-year deal. The contract also includes an option for another year.
He drops down into the Championship. Having spent the last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion. Despite spending four years contracted with Brighton he is yet to make a Premier League appearance.
This would mark his 5th season in the 2nd tier of English football. Having made 300 career appearances in his career. Matt brings plenty of experience to the squad.
Boro announced: ‘The club have completed the signing of Brighton & Hove Albion central defender Matt Clarke.
‘The 25-year-old completed the formalities of his move late Wednesday evening and has signed a three-year contract with a further year’s option.
‘Chris Wilder had earmarked a left-sided central defender as a priority during the transfer window and Clarke arrives with all the credentials.’
Albion stated: ‘Central defender Matt Clarke has joined Middlesbrough for undisclosed terms.
‘Last season he spent the campaign with West Bromwich Albion, and now links up with former Albion defender Chris Wilder at Boro.’
Head coach Graham Potter said, “Matt wants to play, and we can’t offer him that guarantee. The move to Middlesbrough gives him that opportunity.
“He’s been an excellent professional during his time with us and a pleasure to work with. We wish him well for the future and season ahead.”