Versatile defender and midfielder Max Oliver Clark was considered the pick of the youth team crop for his age, having joined the Tigers production line as a ten year old. His coming of age coincided with City’s elevation to the Premier League and first team chances were zero. By 2016 Clark was still highly rated, captaining the reserve team, but he needed first team experience and was twice loaned to Cambridge United, making a total of 44 senior appearances and scoring once. After City’s relegation from the Premier League in 2017 Clark was back at the KC Stadium with first team experience under his belt. He made his City debut at left back in the first game of 2017-18 season, proving himself to be a well rounded defender with an attacking threat in his breakthrough season.
Max’s contract expired in June 2018 and while offered a new deal by City, Clark instead plumped for a move to Dutch team Vitesse Arnhem, managed by ex-City boss Leonid Slutsky. Clark’s progress at Vitesse was rapid and within a year he was a first team regular and being talked about as a Premier League signing. However when Slutsky left Clark fell out of favour and by February 2021 he had made 57 appearances and scored 3 goals for the Dutch outfit but hadn’t featured in the first team for several months.
He rejoined the Tigers on the first day of February 2021 on a short term deal, providing manager Grant McCann with cover for Callum Elder at left back. A hamstring injury ended Max’s season early after he sat on the City bench a few times, and he was released in May 2021.
In June 2021 he joined Fleetwood Town, where he played alongside another City youth team product Dan Batty. After 18 appearances for Fleetwood Max was on the move again in January 2022, signing for a Rochdale side managed by ex-Tiger Robbie Stockdale. he made 23 appearances and scored once for Dale before transferring to League Two rivals Stevenage in June 2022.
Clark won several England caps at under-16 and under-17 representative levels but did not maintain his place in the older youth brackets.
Date/Place of Birth: 19 January 1996, Hull
Hull City First Game: 5 August 2017, Aston Villa A (Championship), 21 years, 198 days old
Hull City Final Game: 14 April 2018, Sheffield Wednesday H (Championship), 22 years, 85 days old
Hull City (2014-2018), Cambridge United (2016, loan), Cambridge United (2016-2017, loan), Vitesse Arnhem (2018-2021), Hull City (2021), Fleetwood Town (2021-2022), Rochdale (2022), Stevenage (2022-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 30 apps, 0 goalsMax Clark
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