January 18, 2019

New Signing: David Clarkson

David Clarkson is the latest recruit in Alex Rae’s squad building programme for next season as the striker signed up this afternoon to the St Mirren cause for season 2016/17.

David impressed when he was on loan with St Mirren over the second half of last season so Saints snapped him up today after he was released by Motherwell.

The 30-year-old started football life with Motherwell making 219 league appearances for the Fir Park side before signing for Bristol City in 2009. After three seasons at Ashton Gate (which included a loan spell with Brentford), he jumped to the other side of the city to sign for Bristol Rovers which at the time was managed by Mark McGhee.

The striker moved back north of the border at the beginning of season 2014/15 to sign up with Dundee where he made 25 appearances before moving back to Motherwell last summer.

David, who made 12 appearances and scored a goal in his loan spell with the Buddies last season, has also been capped twice for Scotland.

James Hunter of St Mirren TV spoke with David shortly after the striker put pen to paper on his one year deal.

David said: “I’ve been in talks for the last week or so and to know I’m going to be here I’m looking forward to it. We finished well last season – I was delighted to be part of that, coming here and getting some game time with a good group of lads and a good staff so for me to come back here I’m delighted.

“The gaffer is obviously looking to bring people in, unfortunately a few boys have left and it’ll be a process of getting new guys in. He wants to have a good start, get a good pre-season under us and we’ll go from there. I think we can take the positives from the way we finished last season into this season. We’ll have new boys in and it’ll be important for us to gel quickly and hopefully start the season like we finished last season.

“I felt last season went alright but there’s much more to come from me. Hopefully I can get a good pre-season, get the match sharpness and match fitness we all need and just hit the ground running.”

Hear the interview with David Clarkson in full on the hour, every hour on St Mirren Radio.