Clarke still on the payroll

last updated Wednesday 11th July 2001, 1:36 PM
Matt Clarke
Matt Clarke

Fulham could face having to pay the wages of a player who has never put a foot inside Craven Cottage

Bradford City keeper Matt Clarke was due to join the Cottagers on a month's loan with a view to a permanent deal.

However, the 27-year-old transfer-listed goalkeeper has decided against the move - but there is a sting in the tail.

The Premiership newcomers registered Clarke as their loan player and technically are liable to pay his wages until August 8.

"It seems to be a mis-communication between the agent and his player," commented Fulham managing-director Michael Fiddy.

"The agent has inadvertently made a mistake and misrepresented his player's views.

"But we understand that he acted in his player's best interests."

The chance to join Fulham has seen a u-turn from Clarke who believes he shouldn't have to prove himself with another loan deal.

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