LEE CLARK hasn’t given up hope of bringing Graham Carey back to Town – but accepts he won’t be available at Walsall tomorrow.
The 21-year-old loanee has returned to parent club Celtic after negotiations over a permanent move broke down.
“They were keen to do a deal, but we couldn’t reach an agreement,” explained Clark as Millwall completed the permanent signing of striker Theo Robinson and ESPN announced they will screen Town’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Arsenal or Leeds live on Sunday, January 30 (12.00).
“It’s a big disappointment, because Graham is a good player who was enjoying himself here, and while the deal isn’t 100% dead, as we stand, he’s back at Celtic.”
Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Carey made his 26th Town appearance in Tuesday’s 2-1 League I win over Plymouth.
That made it three wins running and four unbeaten for fourth-placed Town, and Clark is desperate to extend that run against second-bottom Walsall.
“We need to put together a really consistent spell,” added Clark, who will hand a second outing to on-loan Newcastle left-back Tamas Kadar.
“It won’t be easy, because Walsall have produced two battling draws under (caretaker manager) Dean Smith, and will be desperate for a home win as they fight to get away from the foot of the table, but we have what’s required to win there.”
The fee for Robinson, who was loaned to Milwall earlier this season, is undisclosed, but Town say they have recouped the sum they paid Watford during the 2009 close-season for a player who netted 16 times last term.
Plymouth have successfully appealed Curtis Nelson’s red card against Town.