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Stow End Ex-Ipswich Midfielder`s Stay

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Former Ipswich Town youngster Billy Clark’s loan spell with Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club Stowmarket Town has ended this week, with the midfielder returning to his parent outfit, Bostik League Premier side Needham Market.

The Marketmen`s manager Richard Wilkins said of the ex-Bury Town midfielder at the time: “Billy needs a few months of football to get his mojo back. Last season wasn’t easy for him, he broke his ankle in September and lost a family member.

“He didn’t get a string of games under his belt and hopefully he can return to the levels we know he can operate at.”

The 26-year-old joined the Old Gold & Blacks in the summer on dual registration and made eighteen appearances across all competitions, scoring 2 goals in games away at Histon and Felixstowe & Walton United.

The club have decided to end the midfielder’s loan spell this week.

Stow manager Rick Andrews told his club`s official website: “I so wanted it to work out with Billy, it’s not quite worked out how he and I had hoped. So, what we’ve said is go and get some football, he needs minutes, and at this moment in time I can’t guarantee those minutes.

“But what I’ve said is go away and come with us to Portugal on the end of season trip, which is what he’s going to do, and then come join us at pre-season and get a pre-season under your belt and he might be a different player, who knows?

“The boy has shown glimpses of what he’s about. I’ve watched him and thought ‘you’re two yards ahead of most players on this pitch’ and there’s other times, he’ll tell you the same, he’s two yards behind. It’s a shame, I really wanted it to work out”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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