Clarke and local duo sign for Tigers

Gainsborough Trinity v Guiseley. Trinity player Shane Clarke G130329-7e
Gainsborough Trinity v Guiseley. Trinity player Shane Clarke G130329-7e
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Worksop Town have confirmed a trio of new signings, with Gainsborough midfielder Shane Clarke joining a local duo at Sandy Lane.

Striker Tom Mullen and midfielder Jack Barnett, both from Worksop, have agreed to move to the club – having played for boss Mark Shaw at Shirebrook last season.

The Tigers boss revealed all three signings to the Guardian today, and admitted he was hoping a third local player, defender Chris Wood, would agree a deal soon.

Clarke has spent the last two seasons in the Conference North with Gainsborough Trinity, and counts Lincoln City, Gateshead and Boston United in his former clubs.

Shaw said his services were much sought-after.

“We’ve been working on Shane for a couple of weeks, Gainsborough were keen, Kings Lynn had come in for him, but with a little help from Leon Mettam (Worksop captain, former team-mate of Clarke’s) we’ve been able to secure him.”

“Shane gives us energy, power, quality and experience. For us he’s a very good signing, still a young player at 25, he’ll stop teams and read the game.”

Barnett, 21, began his career at Sheffield Wednesday before moving to Shaw’s Sheffield FC, and subsequently Shirebrook.

And Mullen, also 21, has featured at Worksop previously, ableit in pre-season, before spells at Sheffield FC, Worksop Parramore and Shirebrook.

Shaw said: “Jack is a fantastic footballer, he can play in other positions, he’ll get the ball flowing in midfield.”

“Tom didn’t have a good time at the club before, didn’t have a good time at Sheffield with me, but he has gone through some life changing events for such a young lad.”

“He’s a completely changed person, he’s 100 per cent for Worksop and he and Jack are so, so proud to play for their home town club.”

On defender Wood, who left the club last season after falling out of favour with the first team management, Shaw added: “The door is open for him, he’s a good footballer and you know he’ll give you 100 per cent.”