Interview | Clark delighted to link up with Roberts again

Lee Clark is delighted to have brought Callum Roberts to Blyth Spartans and believes he is a player that can excite the fans.

Clark is happy to welcome him to Croft Park as he is a ‘maker of goals and a taker of goals’, which is sure to help Spartans after only scoring two goals this season.

Roberts has been without a club after being released by Newcastle United at the end of last season but knows Clark well after playing under the manager at Kilmarnock.

The ex-Newcastle winger scored in the FA Cup last season at Ewood Park and Clark insists it is a ‘massive’ signing for Blyth.

“It’s massive,” Clark told Blythspartans.com.

“I’m surprised he’s in this situation where he hasn’t got a club, he was the standout player in Newcastle’s under-23s last year.

“He is obviously a player I know really well. I took him to Kilmarnock alongside Freddie Woodman and Sean Longstaff – so we are hoping that we’ve got an exciting attacking player who can make and score us goals.”

Clark was full of praise for the 22-year old and hopes he can be that missing spark Blyth have been looking for this season.

Roberts made two appearances for the Magpies both coming in the FA Cup against Leicester City and Balckburn Rovers respectively.

However, the most successful period of his career was under Clark at Kilmarnock, where he managed to make 10 appearances from January until the end of the season.

Clark added: “He’s a maker of goals and he’s a taker of goals. He can deliver a great set play and we’ve given him a platform to come and play.

“I’m delighted that we’ve got him and he can only be an asset for us.

“He’s someone who can get us on the ball at the top end of the pitch and be productive.”

Clark was almost shocked that Roberts was still without a club and that he wanted to sign for Spartans, despite only ever playing at a higher level.

He went onto say: “I never thought that we’d be able to bring him into the club.

“Obviously with my contact with him before, I’ve been in contact with him for the last five days.”

Posted by Aaron Hindhaugh