Aston Villa defender Mitch Clark has enjoyed a very good loan spell out with Port Vale in the season of 2018/19.
With Villa being threadbare at the back in the opening half of the campaign, plenty of fans disagreed with the decision to loan him out but it was the right decision to get him a good run of games and see what he could do as he stepped up from Under 23 football and into the real game.
Across their League Two campaign, he made 43 appearances in total to date, with a showing from the bench and he’s come in for plenty of praise from their manager, and their fans, for his efforts on the pitch.
With him being out of contract this summer, the expectation was we’d sort a 12 month deal as the minimum out for him on his return, so head coach Dean Smith could take a closer look at the 20-year-old, but apparently not as earlier today he confirmed his time at the club had come to an end.
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
Plenty of fans were disappointed with the news but I have no doubts he’ll be snapped up quickly.
All the best Mitch… Not well chuffed with Suso & Co just now ???? If they replace home grown lads with a load of purchases just be repeating the same stupid error ever since Doug Ellis left the building IMHO… Hope you smash it going forward ???????????? #AVFC #OneOfOurOwn
— Julie B (@Julie_Bayley_) May 3, 2019
Enjoyed watching you for the last few years, I'm sure you'll find a decent club and have a successful career ahead. All the best Mitch!
— AVFC U23 (@AVFCU23) May 3, 2019
A big mistake by the club but a huge good luck to you in the future. I am sure you will have a great career ahead of you.
— Pär Johansson (@ParTott) May 3, 2019
All the best Mitch, Villa fans will keep an eye out for you wherever you end up. #UTV
— The Villa Wiki (@AVFCWiki) May 3, 2019
Good luck Mitch! ????????????
— Tobias Johansson (@TobiasGerkhe) May 3, 2019
I’m gutted to see you go mate, all the best for the future and you’ll defo prove a few people wrong ????????????????????????
— corby (@Ian66232919) May 3, 2019
Good luck Mitchell, sorry you didn't get opportunity at Villa but sure the future is bright for you.
— Foxy (@FoxyN77) May 3, 2019
Cannot believe this. Will miss you putting in those early minute challenges against the Baggies at Walsall ???? Think weve made a mistake here. All the best Mitch.
— Dec (@KingsyAVFC) May 3, 2019