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Clarke: Pens deal at Crawley

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Blackpool forward Billy Clarke has joined high-flying League Two side Crawley for an undisclosed fee.

Clarke has penned a two-and-a-half year contract with the League Two high flyers and his capture comes as a boost to Red Devils boss Steve Evans following Matt Tubbs' departure to Bournemouth.

The 24-year-old Irishman was manager Ian Holloway's first signing at Bloomfield Road when he joined from Ipswich in summer 2009, but his time on the Fylde coast was decimated by injuries.

Clarke was prevented from making a single appearance during the Seasiders' Premier League campaign last term due to a knee injury.

He enjoyed a loan spell at Sheffield United earlier this season, scoring once in six games, before making his final Blackpool appearance against the Blades' city rivals Wednesday in last weekend's FA Cup fourth-round clash.

"Several times I thought we had lost out on signing the lad but I never gave up and thankfully managed to persuade him to join us," Evans told the club's official website.

"We have signed a really talented player and for us to have beaten off some of the other clubs who made offers speaks volumes for what we are trying to do.

"This signing comes in addition to Sanchez Watt, who joined us last Thursday from Arsenal, and it is really great news."