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Appearance Record Holder Leaves AFC Sudbury

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Record appearance maker and club captain Sam Clarke has left Bostik League North AFC Sudbury.

Clarke leaves after making 387 appearances and scoring 39 goals for the club after discussions with manager Mark Morsley and has been released from his contract.

Clarke, an extremely popular player at King’s Marsh, joined from Great Wakering Rovers at the start of the 2008/09 season and has been a regular in the team in each of the following ten seasons.

In October 2010 having been vice-captain he took over the skipper`s armband that he proudly wore again this season.

In the 2012/13 season he missed a lot of it through injury, however at the end of it he was awarded the club’s nerit award.

The 2015/16 season saw him guide his team to winning the Ryman North championship and he was honoured to collect the trophy on the club’ behalf.

He also won the managers` player of the year award.

He had a season in the Ryman Premier before returning at the start of this season when many others jumped ship, showing his loyalty.

On 9th September this year he broke the long-standing club appearance record and it seems likely he will be the holder of it for some considerable time to come.

Meanwhile, Morsley has dipped into the talent he encouraged when manager of Needham Market and secured the loan signing of striker Max Booth.

Booth was a product of the Needham Market academy when Morsley was with the club and was nurtured though to play in the club’s first-team.

During last season he was on trial with both Colchester United and Ipswich Town.

Booth’s loan signing is initially for a month.

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