LEE CLARK today drew a line under the Anthony Pilkington debate and urged Town fans: “Let’s move forward.”
The Galpharm boss, who plans to field all five of his new signings in today’s opening pre-season friendly at Gateshead (3.00), accepted there is disappointment among supporters after their former favourite’s switch to Premier League new boys Norwich.
But as the 23-year-old winger adjusts to life in Norfolk, former Norwich assistant manager Clark said: “I’m also disappointed in the sense you want as many talented footballers in your squad as possible, but that’s where it ends.
“Anthony said all along he would play in the Premier League and that belief got stronger and stronger during his time at this club.”
Clark, who snapped up Pilkington for £300,000 from Stockport in January 2009, soon after his appointment as Town manager, added: “He’s been absolutely outstanding for me.
“He couldn’t have given any more when he was here, and I’m pleased that he has got his chance of playing in one of the greatest leagues in the world.
“Anthony went about things the right way by speaking to myself and Dean, and we then had to get the best deal for this club.
“We’ve got a great deal (it could rise to a reported £2.8m), the lad’s got a great contract and a great chance at a fantastic club.
“Norwich have a very good manager in Paul Lambert, more than 25,000 season-ticket holders and a great chance of establishing themselves in the Premier League.”