Ian Holloway’s Grimsby Town revolution is set to continue with the capture of Plymouth Argyle striker Billy Clarke on a deal until the end of the season, according to sources close to the player’s agent.
The Town boss previously managed the player at Blackpool between 2009 and 2012. Clarke joined Argyle in October 2019 on a short-term deal, which was due to expire next week.
But the Cork-born forward has been allowed to leave Home Park and rejoin Holloway in Cleethorpes.
Clarke, who is described as equally adept up front or out wide, came through the ranks at Ipswich Town. He played 49 league games for the Tractor Boys, as well as gaining experience on loan at Colchester United, Falkirk, Northampton Town, Darlington and Brentford.
A move to Blackpool followed in the summer of 2009 and Billy helped the Seasiders win promotion to the Premier League during his first season in Lancashire.
Injuries limited the Irish under-21 international to just 27 league appearances in three seasons at Bloomfield Road and, after a spell on loan at Sheffield United, Clarke moved down into League Two with Crawley Town.
Crawley’s debut Football League season was a successful one, as they won promotion to League One and Billy went onto net 21 times for the club in the following two campaigns.
This prompted a move to Bradford City in 2014, where Clarke’s good form continued with a haul of 24 goals in 98 league games. A two-season spell at Charlton was ended by injury and Billy then returned to Valley Parade in January last year.
After his release from the West Yorkshire club, he trained with Bolton Wanderers in the summer, but opted to make the move to Plymouth once the season was under way.