Clark seeks Carey extension
Huddersfield boss Lee Clark hopes to secure the services of Graham Carey until the end of the season.
Last Updated: 10/01/11 6:31pm
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark is hoping to secure the services of Graham Carey until the end of the season.
Clark confirmed after Saturday's FA Cup win over non-league Dover that 17-year-old striker Benik Afobe, on loan from Arsenal, had agreed to extend his deal till the summer.
And Clark will now try to reach the same agreement for Celtic defender Carey, whose initial loan ends after Tuesday night's league visit of Plymouth.
The 21-year-old made his 25th appearance for the Terriers against Dover and although Afobe was ruled out, Clark hopes to have both players at his disposal by the end of January.
"It's a shame that he (Afobe) has got this knee irritation, but it's not too much of a worry, and we're optimistic he'll be fit and firing again in a couple of weeks," Clark told the Examiner.
"We're delighted that Benik is staying with us, and we're in contact with Celtic, because we'd like to keep Graham as well."
Huddersfield could only manage a 2-0 win against a dogged Dover side but Clark feels that victory will serve his side well as they aim to clinch promotion from League One this season.
"Every manager wants 90 minutes of perfection every match, but it doesn't
always work out that way," he said.
"Sometimes you have to win matches when not at your best. We did that against Dover and it's the kind of victory that will stand us in good stead.
"We did a lot of good things, but there are other areas we have to work on, and we'll do that.
"We started really well, and our attitude, desire and determination brought us two terrific goals and put us in a good position," Clark added.
"We couldn't carry it on, and I'm disappointed about that. But you have to give credit to Dover, because the players fought like tigers for their club.
"From start to finish they were snapping at our heels, and it took a terrific late save by Alex Smithies to stop them scoring.
"We created chances, we scored twice and we kept a clean sheet, and at the end of the day, cup football is all about winning and getting through to the next round and we've done that."
The Terriers were handed a fourth-round trip to either Arsenal or Leeds over the last weekend of January.