The former Cairns Taipans academy member and Cairns Saints youth relocated to Echuca in nation Victoria over a summer to play for a Bendigo Pioneers in a TAC Cup, a tact belligerent for AFL footballers.
Clarke could have simply transitioned to a Gold Coast to be a partial of a Suns academy, like a infancy of earnest Far North footballers do, though felt his chances of throwing a eye of recruiters was larger in a AFL heartland.
After representing Queensland North during a men’s under-18 Australian Basketball Championships grand final final year, hoops looked to be a teenager’s trail in competition until he had a change of heart.
The ensure spoke with colleges in a USA about his basketball dreams though a handful of comparison games with Saints in 2017 pushed him towards a Sherrin.
“I always desired my basketball flourishing adult though something only clicked over a final year or so and we have left true into my footy,” Clarke said.
After relocating to Echuca to live with his uncle, Clarke done a final list of 58 Pioneers for 2018 from a starting patrol of about 150.
“There is only some-more bearing down here,” Clarke said.
“It is imaginary down here to be honest, a turn of professionalism and customary of training is zero that we have ever seen before. we am amatory it.”
Pioneers manager Rick Coburn pronounced a gifted Far North contestant was a acquire further to their squad.
“The boys have worked unequivocally tough to make a list, and some of those who didn’t make it worked tough as well,” Coburn said.
“We consider we’ve got a unequivocally good list to work with this year.”
Clarke done his entrance for a Pioneers in Round 1 in his side’s one-point feat over a Greater Western Victoria Rebels.
He stays authorised to paint a Gold Coast Suns in a under-18 Academy Series after this year and a Allies in a 2018 U18 championships.
Clarke is a nephew and son of Paul and Ivan Clarke, who with Bruce Gonzalez, shaped Cairns Saints as a bar in 1992.
The Clarke brothers were corner coaches in a early days.