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Clarke leaves as four sign contracts

Greensnet Editor
Wed 12 Jun 2002, 19:00

Crowd favourite Simon Clarke has left Hendon. The Don's longest serving player had originally been signed for the new season, but a change of personal circumstances would have made it virtually impossible for him to travel to Hendon on a regular basis. In view of his long and distinguished career at Hendon, manager Dave Anderson agreed to cancel the player's registration in order that he could resume playing and making him free to sign for a club more local to his home.

Anderson said of Clarke's departure: "I am very sorry to lose Simon. Throughout his time here, Simon has been a model pro and will be greatly missed. In fact, the only person more sorry than me to see him go is Simon himself, it will be a huge wrench for him leaving his many friends here. As well as thanking him for his excellent service, I wish him all the best for the future and if his circumstances were to change he would always be welcome back." Meanwhile, two times player of the year Clarke said "I have had some terrific times at Hendon and I am sorry to be leaving the club. The supporters have always been great to me and I appreciate the support that they along with the club's directors have given me. It's like leaving one big family, I fully appreciate Dave's co-operation following my unforeseen change of circumstances and now wish Dave, the players and everyone at Hendon every success."

Meanwhile, four players have signed contracts for the Dons next season. Martin Randall has signed a two year contract for the Dons, having impressed this season by scoring 13 goals in 26 appearances after signing from Woking. Meanwhile, Iain Duncan is now back to fitness after a hard season trying to recover from a major injury and has also signed for the new season.

In addition to these two, Anderson has made two new signings for the Greens. Renowned striker Rob Howarth has arrived from Sutton United, whilst right sided midfielder Kieran Gallagher, formerly of Aylesbury United, has signed from Ryman Division One side Slough Town.