Max Clark says former Hull City man Dan Batty played a part in his move to Fleetwood Town.
Clark agreed a one-year deal with the Cod Army on Thursday after leaving the KCOM Stadium following City’s League One title win last month.
Having returned to his hometown club on deadline day in the winter transfer window, Clark failed to make a second debut for the Tigers but has now been snapped up by boss Simon Grayson, who also took Batty to Highbury in January.
“I’m delighted to get it over the line,” the 25-year-old said.
“When I realised there was interest there, I spoke with the manager and a few of the players here and they said it is a very ambitious team and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
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Batty, who like Clark, was a popular figure at the KCOM before swapping Yorkshire for Lancashire, gave the left-back an inside view of what he can expect on the Fylde Coast as the club plot a promotion charge next term.
“I think that is what drew me here, the manager believes in me and wanted me here and as a player, that really does kick you on,” Clark continued.
“I wanted to get the deal sorted and I spoke to Dan Batty who said nothing but great things about the club and it’s exciting to me that it’s finally done so I can get to work.”
“Dan spoke to me about the players, staff, and the facilities here, which are amazing. The manager told me what he was expecting for the season and the type of play he is looking to play. It was just nice to have a chat with him and see what his ambitions are for this year and further on.
“I know Brad Halliday, who has just signed, and I know that he’s looking forward to getting going so I’ve got a good feeling about being here. I can’t wait to get going and meet the boys and staff for pre-season - I’m hoping to add some quality to the team in certain areas.”
With the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wycombe plus reinvigorated Charlton, Ipswich and Sunderland, League One looks like being a fascinating campaign when it gets underway in August, and Clark believes his experiences will serve him well in what'll be a tough campaign.
“I’ve played in the Championship and in League Two, which both had different qualities which I can draw from. There’s a lot of good teams who have come down to League One this year which will make it challenging. There’s a great group of lads here and I can’t wait to meet them and get going.
“I think going abroad was brilliant for me, to learn the different side of the game, and it was a great experience heading over there. I experienced a lot of situations that I didn’t have to in England, and I think they have helped me grow into a better person and player. I know I can deal with those scenarios now and those are qualities I’ve brought back with me.
“I’m excited to play in League One as there are some great teams and will be very challenging and tough. There’s a lot of games to be played in this league and its one game that I never had the chance to play in.”