An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ fourth signing of the January transfer window, Max Clark…
A product of the Hull City academy, which he joined from Barham Boys Club in 2006 aged 10, Clark rose through the youth ranks and penned his first professional deal in 2014.
Capped by England at youth level, the Hull-born left-back’s first taste of senior football came on loan at League Two Cambridge in the second half of the 2015/16 campaign.
Making his first-team debut away to Bristol Rovers, Clark featured nine times for the U’s and was only on the losing side once, with the highlight being a 7-0 annihilation of Morecambe.
Such was his impact at the Abbey, United took him on loan again the following season, with the defender playing 35 games in all competitions.
His first career goal came in a thumping 5-0 away win at Hartlepool in December 2016 – Cambridge’s biggest win of the campaign.
By now, Clark was ready to test himself in the Championship and made his Hull City bow on the opening day of 2017/18 in a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
He went on to make 30 appearances that season – 27 of them in the league – but opted to sign for Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem in June 2018 on a three-year deal.
Reuniting with Leonid Slutsky, the manager who handed him his debut at the KCOM Stadium, Clarke played 30 matches during his first season in the Netherlands as Vitesse finished fifth.
The full-back, who was at one stage linked with Liverpool and Leicester, racked up a further 27 appearances last term, with his last outing for Vitas coming in February 2020.
Clark joins the Tigers on a short-term deal until the end of the season after mutually terminating his contract with Vitesse.