David Clarkson joins ‘Well academy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

David Clarkson is returning to Motherwell Football Club as the new head of the intermediate academy.

The 32-year-old is retiring as a professional footballer to take up the role, having left St Mirren earlier in January.

Clarkson will report to Stevie Hammell, who took up the post of academy director after the departure of Scott Leitch.

“I’m really excited,” he said on his return. “I’ve been coaching for the last two years now in the academy with the under 15s.

“It’s good now to take that wee step up and oversee the 13s to 16s, and work with Stevie Hammell.

I hope to pass on experiences I’ve had coming through as a young kid, and playing at Motherwell as well.”

Clarkson started his football career at Motherwell, breaking into the first team in December 2002. After three substitute appearances, he scored within nine minutes of his first start against Partick Thistle in January 2003.

After seven years with the club, he moved on to Bristol City, playing with them for three years before a switch to city rivals Bristol Rovers.

He returned north in 2014 with Dundee, hitting the headlines after scoring eight goals in eight games. A short spell back at Motherwell followed, before his move to St Mirren.

Clarkson also scored on his Scotland debut while he was a Motherwell player in 2008, netting in the away friendly against Czech Republic.

“It’s great to have David back at the club,” said academy director Hammell. 

“When the position became available, it was an easy decision to make, especially given his experience with the academy so far.”

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