Clarke extends Terriers deal

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Huddersfield Town have extended the contract of young defender Nathan Clarke until the end of next season.

The 20-year-old had been in talks about a new deal with The Terriers and both the player and the club have agreed terms on a one-year contract extension at The McAlpine Stadium.

Clarke is the fifth youngster to extend his deal with Peter Jackson's squad, with David Mirfin, Anthony Lloyd, Andy Holdsworth and Jon Worthington all adding another two years to their deals a fortnight ago.

The defender was pleased to stay with the West Yorkshire outfit until of the 2004/05 season, having missed the latter half of last term with a serious knee injury.

"Negotiations have been going on for about two-and-a-half weeks, so I am pleased to get it out of the way, so I can concentrate on the football," Clarke told the club's website.

"It has been hard over the past 18 months and I am really pleased to be back playing.

"I am taking it all as it comes at the moment. I am concentrating on my fitness and I am just trying to play as many games as I can.

"The gaffer is great. His door is always open and it helps that he was a central defender because he gives good advice."