Finally, on to perhaps the second most successful player to come through in the 2007/08 season.
Shane was another product of the club’s centre of excellence and was one of five players who accepted a three-year scholarship with the Imps at the start of the 2004/05 season. Of those five, three would go on to have good professional careers: Jack Hobbs, Scott Loach and Clarke.
He started his Imps career with a bit of controversy, he was red-carded for a last-minute lunge on Mark Hudson in a 3–1 home defeat to Rotherham United which resulted in a three-match ban.
He stayed with City for four more years, getting plenty of game time under Peter Jackson who (to his credit) did have a policy of giving youth a chance. However once hatchet man Chris Sutton came in, everyone’s days were numbered. In May 2010, Clarke was placed on the transfer list by Sutton and on 31 August 2010 agreed on a deal with the club to have his contract cancelled after 75 outings for City.