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Rumour Has It

Clarke interviewed in Doncaster programme

2 February 2018

Pompey defender Matt Clarke

It is difficult to separate fact from fiction during the January transfer window.

With the media machine in full swing, players at all levels are constantly rumoured to be moving to new clubs.

So it came as no surprise to see the in-form Matt Clarke linked with a switch away from Fratton Park.

There would have been a collective sigh of relief from fans when the deadline passed and the defender certainly did not let it sway his focus.

“That comes with playing well,” he says in the official matchday magazine for Saturday’s clash with Doncaster. “But there’s so much speculation involved in football and you don’t really know what’s true and what isn’t.

“It’s flattering to be linked with other teams because it means you’re doing a decent job, but I prefer just to focus on bringing success to this club.

"There’s so much speculation involved in football and you don’t really know what’s true and what isn’t."

Matt Clarke

“That form comes naturally with playing. The more games you get, the more experience you have and the more you improve.

“You put the work in on the training pitch and give yourself the best foundation possible to do well on a Saturday afternoon. That’s what I’ve always done since I’ve been here and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

To read the full interview – where Clarke also discusses wrestling the title from Rovers’ grasp last season – pick up a copy of the magazine from programme sellers around the ground.

Also in issue 20, Gareth Evans reveals his favourite things, while Ben Close takes the Home & Away quiz.

We take an in-depth look at Doncaster, plus there are exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman.

All this and much, much more in a packed 84 pages is available for just £3.

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