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Jordan Clarke: There's nothing like getting minutes under your belt

27 July 2018

Defender Jordan Clarke is looking forward to getting some match minutes against Lincoln City on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was forced to sit out of Wednesday’s encounter against Nottingham Forest after receiving a one-match suspension after being shown a straight red card in the final game in Austria last weekend.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “It was frustrating to not be involved on Wednesday, but these things happen. Hopefully I can get some game time, because I really do need it and I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m feeling as good as I can be, but there’s nothing like getting minutes under my belt. That’s what I need to focus on, that’s what I need to work hard towards and hopefully I can complete as many as possible.

“From a personal point of view, it’s not ideal because the season is coming up and you want to feel as fresh as possible. There’s nothing I can do about that now, I’ve just got to go into this game and try and get as fit as possible in those minutes.”

League Two play-off semi-finalists Lincoln City are the Iron’s final opponents ahead of the Sky Bet League One season kicking off on August 4th. 

Speaking about the Imps, Clarke said: “They’re a good side and have done well over the past couple of seasons especially. 

“They’ve definitely got some quality and I’ve watched them plenty of times on the TV. It will be a good test. They’ve got their main striker, who is a big target man and we all know the threat he poses. 

“We’re going to have to deal with that and try and impose our game on them.”

United’s opening league fixture sees Clarke face his hometown team and former club in Coventry City. When asked whether he’s looking forward to another return to the Sky Blues, he said: “Yes and no, purely because I’d like to be in a bit more peak physical condition. 

“Other than that, it’ll be good to go back to Coventry. It’s where I’m from and going off their form from last year and the way that Mark Robins has got them playing, it’ll be a tough test. Hopefully we can play some good football and get the result.”

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