Debut: Round 1, 2004 vs Fremantle, aged 23 years, 317 days
1068th Carlton Player
Games: 12 (101 total AFL)
Goals: 2 (50 total AFL)
Last Game: Round 11, 2005 vs Sydney, aged 25 years, 20 days
Guernsey No. 9
DOB: 15 May, 1980
The two David Clarkes in the list of Carlton players were father / son; this little tribute is towards David Clarke junior who was on the Carlton list between 2004-2005. Interestingly, both Clarkes played with Geelong before joining the Blues.
Clarke junior was part of a 3 way trade between Hawthorn and Geelong at the end of Season 2003:
- Simon Beaumont of Carlton went to Hawthorn
- David Loats of Hawthorn went to Geelong
- David Clarke of Geelong went to Carlton
Clarke was given the number 9 and played 12 games over the 2 seasons. A fast and fit runner, Clarke generally played on the wing but was often asked to 'mind' a player. Clarke's achilles heel all along was his kicking - he is one of these guys that gets the ball but often overshoots his passing. This error came to the fore in some AFL games, and saw him demoted to the Bullants more & more. Of his 12 Carlton games, only 2 came in 2005.
Clarke was a tireless trainer and worker, and was clearly a popular player at the Northern Blues. Clarke was often in the best at VFL level.
After 89 games at the Cats, his 12 at Carlton puts Clarke in the position of being a 100 gamer at AFL level; a fantastic feat for any player.
Clarke was not offered a contract for 2006.
Clarke graduated from Torquay FC, through to Geelong Falcons, Geelong and then to Carlton.