Peter Clarke admits he doesn’t know what his future holds – but he’s optimistic it will be in professional football.

The 32-year-old centre-back and captain, who made his 223rd appearance for the club in Saturday’s 2-0 home Championship defeat by Leicester, is resigned to leaving when his contract expires at the end of the season.

“I suppose time moves on and it’s one of those things,” said the man signed from Southend in 2009.

“We had a conversation as far back as January, so I think that’s my last home game in blue and white stripes.”

See the gallery below from when the Town skipper made it to 500 career appearances


Clarke, one of only two players to skipper Town to a win at Wembley (over Sheffield United in the 2012 League I play-off final) continued: “I’d like to thank the fans for the support I’ve had.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time here and I’ll leave with fantastic memories.”

As for his next destination, the Southport-based Everton product, who revealed he played on Saturday despite a bout of food poisoning last week, said: “There have been a few little bits of interest, but it’s still early.

There’s still plenty of football left in me and I want to keep going as long as possible.

“I’d certainly like to play in the Championship for as long as possible, but at the same time, I can’t up sticks and move my wife and (three) kids too far.

“It’s about being happy both professionally and personally.”

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