Championship outfit Sheffield United have signed central defender Ciaran Clark on a season-long loan move from Newcastle United.
The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who is in the final year of his contract at St James’ Park, is the latest fringe player to be offloaded by Eddie Howe.
He joins Jeff Hendrick, Isaac Hayden and Freddie Woodman who have recently left Tyneside.
The writing was on the wall for the former Aston Villa defender when he was left out of Eddie Howe’s 25-man squad earlier this year. Dan Burn’s arrival signalled the end for Clark and he has recently been training with the reserves.
And of course the Newcastle head coach has since further bolstered his backline with the £35m arrival of Lille’s Sven Botman.
Clark told the Blades’ official website: “I’m looking forward to playing regularly, fitting into the style of play and formation.
“We know the Championship is tough but with a huge togetherness and a big effort by everyone. The squad has the quality to get out of the league. I saw how close the club went last season and the aim now is to get promoted.”
Clark has 36 senior international caps and made 13 Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season.
Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom said: “Ciaran brings with him a lot of experience and with that relevant experience. He has played in this division and has won promotion from this division.
“He wanted to go out on loan and, luckily for us, he chose us ahead of other clubs that were in for him.
“Ciaran is well respected in the dressing rooms he has been in. That’s the feedback we’ve had, I’m sure he will settle in well. We’ll put big demands on him with regards to the way we train and what we want from him. But I’m sure he is looking forward to it.”
There was no statement from Howe or any Newcastle officials concerning Clark, who previously captained the club and made 129 appearances.