Former Rangers striker Nicky Clark has insisted he never wanted to leave Dundee United after interest from local rivals Dundee in signing him on a pre-contract.

Clark’s Tannadice deal was due to end this summer but he’s since agreed to extend his stay, confessing he didn’t want to leave the Premiership after spending a decade trying to get there.

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 Dundee United’s Nicky Clark celebrates his winning penalty during a Betfred Cup match between St Johnstone and Dundee United (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

After leaving Aberdeen in 2010 without making a first-team appearance, Clark has had spells at Peterhead Queen of the South, Rangers, Bury, Dunfermline and the Arabs as he worked his way back up the ladder before helping Robbie Neilson’s side to promotion last season.

Although there’s since been a change of management for the Dundee side, Clark is loving every minute and had no intention of making the short journey up the street to Dens’ Park.

“The Dundee thing all happened kind of quickly. I didn’t know anything about it until I saw it in the press,” Clark said [Scottish Sun].

Then the club got my new deal done very quickly and I really wanted to stay here anyway so I was delighted to re-sign.

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“I was keen to stay but now I can just focus on moving forward with the club.

“It took longer than I wanted to get into the Premiership so I didn’t want to give it up and move away.

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Clark is United’s top scorer this season (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I’ve loved every minute here and playing in the top league is great.”

Rangers and Dundee United were involved in an SPFL meeting last week and afterwards, the chairman of a fellow member club released a demand for ‘urgent’ change at the top of the Scottish game.

 

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