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Ciaran Clark Could Be Staying In The Premier League And It Would Be Good News For Another Irishman

Ciaran Clark Could Be Staying In The Premier League And It Would Be Good News For Another Irishman

It was a stop-start season for Ciaran Clark. The Aston Villa defender started 16 games in the league though he spent nearly as many, 13, sitting on the bench as an unused substitute.

Though Clark's form was notably average - even poor at times - there is interest in the player from the Premier League. That's not to be unexpected. After all, he is only 26; has plenty of Premier League experience - he's made more than 130 appearances in the league for Aston Villa - and has shown considerable ability in the past.

If Clark does remain in the Premier League, he might not have to move too far.

According to the Express and Star, West Brom will renew their interest in the Ireland international.

Tony Pulis had a bid rejected for Clark last summer. With Aston Villa relegated, chances of acquiring his services have increased. Clark is believed to have a release clause of £5 million in his contract. That's not an excessive amount for a player with his credentials. During the Euro 2016 playoff against Bosnia, Clark was excellent for Ireland.

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The player's departure from Villa Park could open up further opportunities for another Irish man - Kevin Toner.

The 19-year-old Meathman made his breakthrough into the Aston Villa first team late this season. He started three games and featured as a half-time substitute in his Premier League debut against Southampton.

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