Mitchell Clark has confirmed on Twitter that he is to leave Aston Villa this summer after the two parties did not agree to extend his current contract, which expires at the end of the season.
The versatile 20-year-old has starred on loan at League Two side Port Vale this season, clocking up 44 appearances in all competitions for Neil Aspin’s side. He has played on both sides of the defence, and midfield.
Clark has been a regular in his short career for Villa’s second string, and has even made a first-team appearance for the Midlands side – playing 90 minutes of a 4-1 win over Wigan in the Carabao Cup during the 2017-18 season.
But his time has come at Aston Villa to leave for pastures new, with a potential move to Vale Park on the horizon. He posted on Twitter, thanking the coaches at his parent club for the 12 years he has spent at Villa.
After 12 years at the club my time is finally up, I’d like to thank all my coaches through the years that have helped me get to where I am now. Thank you for all the support over the last couple years, now Looking forward to see what the future holds🙌🏻⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ff7RWLy4ka
— mitchell clark (@mitchellclark99) May 3, 2019
Versatility is enormous in today’s game. If you are able to play in a number of positions, you are much crucial to any team. Wales youth international Clark is just.
If we consider Villa’s current full-backs, too, such as Ahmed El Mohamady and Neil Taylor, they are well into their thirties. Having a player with Clark’s versatility and potential is important.
So it is strange to see that Villa have opted against offering a new deal to Clark.