Sam Clucas profile: From Sunday League football to Hull City

Matlock vs Chesterfield - Sam Clucas - Photo By James Williamson
Matlock vs Chesterfield - Sam Clucas - Photo By James Williamson
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The story of Sam Clucas is one that makes even the most unfathomable fairytale seem all the more real.

Its hard to believe that just five years ago the 24 year old winger, was playing Sunday league football whilst studing a sports development course at college.

Fast forward to the present and the Lincoln-born star has sealed a £1.3m move to Championship heavyweights Hull City.

After being released by Leicester as a youngster, Clucas vowed to come back stronger and prove the Foxes wrong.

His desire and determination was finally rewarded when hometown club Lincoln offered him his first professional deal.

Peter Jackson, the then imps manager, labelled him “a real find.”

However, football has a funny habit of pulling the carpet from under your feet when things are going well as Clucas found out when Jackson was sacked and

Clucas once again found himself without a club.

“Lincoln looked more to established league players and loan players rather than young hungry local lads so I never got a chance,” said Clucas.

However it’s a test of the player’s character that he earned himself a deal with Glen Hoddles academy designed to help professional footballers find a way back into the game.

The opportunity to play abroad with the assistance of world class coaching from formed England manager Glenn Hoddle made Clucas the player we see today.

Clucas said: “Glenn just gave me a lot of confidence and helped me work on weaker parts of my game and improved them day in day out.

“It brought my game on and gave me a lot of self confidence I had lost.”

A move to Hereford followed where his consistent performances lead to a move to Mansfield Town and a call up to the England C squad.

Promotion and the chance to play back in the Football League followed, where consistent performances helped catch the eye.

This prompted Paul Cook to add the gifted left footer to his Chesterfield side for last season’s League one campaign.

A string of impressive displays helped the Spirerites achieve a play-off place, succumbing to eventual winners Preston North End.

True to his nature, Clucas again only looked at the positives conceding that whilst losing in the play offs was “a blow” the team could take “inspiration after being tipped to finish so low.”

Looking to the future Clucas says: “I get to do what I love everyday which makes all the sacrifice for me and my family worth it.

“Hopefully there are more proud moments to come.

“My ultimate aim is to obviously play at the highest level and play for my country in the senior team, so the hard work isn’t finished yet”