Clarke wants Smithies stay
Huddersfield defender Tom Clarke is hoping goalkeeper Alex Smithies will remain at the club.
Last Updated: 10/01/11 9:42am
Huddersfield defender Tom Clarke is hoping goalkeeper Alex Smithies will remain at the club despite attracting interest from elsewhere.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper has produced some fine performances since emerging as a regular for the Terriers during the 2008/09 season, and he continued to impress in the FA Cup victory over Dover on Saturday.
A number of Premier League sides are thought to be tracking the England Under 19 international's progress, but team-mate Clarke does not believe manager Lee Clark has any intention to cash in.
"Alex is going to be a future England goalkeeper," he said in The Sun.
"He is a great character, great to have in the dressing room and his saves late on kept us in the game - because Dover had a real go at us.
"If he's playing that well, there will be clubs looking and rumours about him leaving.
"But we need him to stay and I don't think the gaffer is under any pressure to sell."
Huddersfield look like a formidable outfit this term and are once more gunning for promotion from League One.
They take on either Arsenal or Leeds in the next round of the cup, and Clarke believes the team can go on and achieve success in the future.
"The gaffer has brought in good players and he's mixed youth with experience by signing Damien Johnson and Kevin Kilbane," he added.
"There's no doubt we've got a team here who can play at a higher level. We want to prove that to our fans and get into the Championship, so we can play quality teams week in, week out."