Jon Clarke leaves Worcester Warriors for Leeds spell

JON CLARKE: Moved on loan to Leeds.

JON CLARKE: Moved on loan to Leeds.

First published in Warriors Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , @tomguestWN #WENsport

WARRIORS centre Jon Clarke appears to have played his last game for the Sixways club after being allowed to join Championship outfit Leeds Carnegie on loan for the rest of the season.

With the former Heineken Cup finalist out of contract with Worcester this summer, it is clear he is not in director of rugby Dean Ryan’s plans for the future.

Clarke, who is a former England Saxon, has played 23 games for Warriors and scored a try on his debut against London Irish last September after signing for Worcester at the start of the 2012-13 season from Northampton Saints.

He played 165 games for Saints and scored 32 tries, having originally joined their academy a decade ago when his former club Bristol were relegated from the Premiership.

Looking ahead to joining Leeds, the 30-year-old, who was born in Sheffield but grew up in the south-west, said: "I am excited to be joining up with the lads and starting the new year with Leeds Carnegie.

“I am looking to show what I can do, earn a place in the squad and help the club's drive to reach the play-offs and challenge for promotion.

“I wasn't able to force my way in at Worcester, so the opportunity arose to come to Leeds and I was more than happy to join the club.”

Clarke added: "I went up, had a look around and everything is there for the club to be a success.

"As soon I met with James Lowes, Tommy McGee, Chris Gibson and Sir Ian McGeechan, I was impressed with the vision there is for the team over the next few years.

"I watched the recent win over Bristol on Sky and it was clear the style of rugby that Leeds wanted to play. As an outside back, that is an exciting prospect but it also shows the quality that is already there.

“Rob Vickerman has recently rejoined the club as well so there is plenty of competition for places, but I think that is good for any squad and pushes everyone on.”

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