Bridlington Town sign striker Clarkson

Lewis Clarkson during his Scarborough Athletic days

Lewis Clarkson during his Scarborough Athletic days

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Bridlington Town have completed the signing of striker Lewis Clarkson, after he scored twice as a trialist against Scarborough Athletic on Saturday.

Clarkson struck twice in the first 10 minutes, in the first stage of his comeback from an injury-ravaged campaign last season.

He goes straight into the Seasiders’ squad for Saturday’s league opener at Staveley and manager Gary Allanson said: “This is a great coup for the club as there was a lot of interest in him.

“We managed to get hold of him through Billy Heath and Bobby Carroll as they have been looking at him through pre-season for North Ferriby United, so great thanks to them for pushing him our way.

“At the moment he is still trying to get his full fitness and Saturday’s game against Scarborough was his first full 90 minutes in over a year as he had a serious hamstring injury. We still have to be really careful with him and make sure we don’t push him too hard too quickly.

“He will be a great asset for us and is very talented and a natural finisher.

“His mind was made up after Saturday as he enjoyed playing for us and the way we played, we now have some very talented forward players at the club and the competition for places is red hot.”

Scarborough Athletic joint-boss Bryan Hughes has also piled praise on Clarkson, who left Boro for Bradford City almost two seasons ago.

Hughes said: “He is a player who I do think can play a lot higher, we know his attributes and he showed exactly what he can do on Saturday.

“His confidence has been knocked over the past 18 months and he probably needs an arm round his shoulder to get him back on track.”