Clarke joins Sheridan in loan switch

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CHESTERFIELD have signed former Owls striker Leon Clarke on a three-month loan from Swindon.

It follows the Spireites’ blow of losing Jack Lester to an arm fracture suffered in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient.

Clarke, aged 26, was told that he would not play for Swindon again after an on-field bust-up between him and ex-Wednesday star Paolo Di Canio last month.

The striker is set for a debut in Chesterfield’s away clash with fellow strugglers Bournemouth on Saturday.

Spireites manager and Hillsborough legend John Sheridan has worked with Clarke before: he took the striker on loan to Oldham early in 2007 when Clarke had only recently joined Wednesday from Wolves. He scored three goals in five games for the Latics.

Clarke’s final game for Wednesday was the relegation decider against Crystal Palace last year in which he scored and dislocated a toe by kicking an advertising board in his celebration.

He joined QPR that summer and left on a free transfer last month to join Swindon.