RICHARD Clarke is confident he can still play a key part in Portadown’s progress - with the prospect of a dual player/coach role the perfect platform.
Talks have started between the midfielder and club over Clarke’s future as a player/coach at Shamrock Park. The Portadown manager, Ronnie McFall, has praised Clarke’s professionalism and hopes to finalise a deal which will allow the veteran to extend his club connection.
“I am certainly interested in going down that line in terms of using my experience,” said Clarke. “I’ve obviously got long-standing links with the club and would want that to continue.
“I am chuffed that Ronnie and the club want me to stay on.
“Youth development is obviously a priority more so than ever due to financial restrictions in Irish League football and I feel I can play a part in helping on that front by calling on my experience.
“I have seen at first-hand the progress of our young players this season and would be interested in fitting into that side of everything.
“However, if a deal can be finalised, I would still register as a player and aim to make a contribution on both fronts when possible.”