Date: 5th August 2008 at 7:42pm
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BLACKBURN Rovers striker Jamie Clarke, who signed for Accrington Stanley on loan a week ago has told of how he aims to put his injury nightmares behind him and crack on at Stanley.

Clarke, 19, joined John Coleman’s side on loan until January from Rovers, after ending the last two seasons as their academy’s leading scorer, and made his debut in Stanley’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley, almost scoring within a few minutes.

And the pace filled frontman is hoping the move will work out well for both himself and Stanley, as he looks to get the Red’s topping the League Two table instantly.

Mark Hughes offered the youngster a one-year professional contract at Ewood Park, and to say the lad has had two serious injured to keep him sidelined, that’s not bad going at all.

‘I had a double hernia operation around two seasons ago and had only been back a few months when I snapped the ligaments in my ankle during a reserve game last year,’ said Clarke speaking to the Accrington Observer.

‘It was a hectic time but I feel good now. I am ready to have a good season and I have a smile on my face again.

‘I wanted to go out on loan and I was grateful that anyone was interested in me but I am pleased to come to Accrington.

‘If I could get a league goal I would be over the moon and I want to show what I can do.’

Despite only meeting his new team mates a matter of hours before the kick off against Burnley, he has told of how he is already getting on very well with the lads at Accrington and can’t wait to get the season under way to start a partnership with Paul Mullin.

‘He is a great player and I hope I can work off him all the time,’ continued Clarke.

‘My game is really getting in behind defenders and running the channels – I am not really a hold up player so it is good that Paul can do that and I hope it works well.’