Recruited from the Darwin Football Club, via Rostrevor College, John Clarke was a strong, fast and vigorous footballer. He began his senior career as a 14 year old, playing full back for Darwin in the Northern Territory Football League. Clarke represented the NTFL in 1974 and 1976. His time with the Redlegs saw him used almost exclusively as a half back flanker, although he did play the odd game as a half forward.
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