LEE CLARK believes Krystian Pearce has the power, pace and skills to be a big hit in League I.
Town are in ongoing talks with the 20-year-old former Birmingham City centre-back who spent the second half of the season at the Galpharm – but figured for just 45 minutes.
That outing came at full-back in the second half at Southampton in March as Clark reshuffled in a game his side lost 5-0.
Former England junior international Pearce was unable to oust regular centre-backs Peter Clarke and Neal Trotman, and Clark explained: “Their form was the reason more wasn’t seen of Krystian.
“He’s a terrific athlete with an excellent physique, he has genuine pace and he is good on the ball.”
Asked if Pearce, who is out of contract next month, was frustrated by his lack of opportunities, Clark responded: “I hope so.
“I’d expect any player not in the starting XI to be frustrated and to work hard every day to prove they deserve a chance.
“Pre-season is going to be a key time, because everyone starts with a clean slate, and hopefully Krystian will be here and pushing for his place.”
Clark has played down reports linking Town with Brighton striker Glenn Murray.
The 26-year-old former Carlisle and Rochdale player, a £300,000 buy in January 2008, notched 14 goals for the Seagulls this season, and is under contract until June of next year.
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