Saturday, January 30, 2010
Steve Clark has become the latest American to sign in Norway after agreeing to terms with Eliteserien club Honefoss earlier today.
"I have signed a contract with Honefoss, " Clark confirmed to YA. "It is a one year contract."
The newly promoted club evidently needed just a couple looks at the former Oakland University standout to realize that Clark would be a good addition to the squad. However it was the proactive attitude taken by the netminder which ultimately led to the signing.
"I got the trial by calling myself," explained Clark. "I have only trained [with the club] for one day and played a game. I was able to make a very good impression in that time."
The Michigan native has been in Norway for almost a month mainly trialing with 2008 Eliteserien champions Stabaek. Clark had been optimistic that he would be signing with the club that also boasts Americans Mikkel Diskerud and Erik Benjaminsen, however in the end, the 23 year old could no longer afford to sit around and wait on a decision that may have never come.
"On Monday, I was sure Stabaek was going to offer me, I even went on a team-building weekend, went through medical tests… They just said, ‘Please wait, we are still working on a deal for you'. I told them, ‘Great, but I am leaving today and looking for a new club.'"
Clark then heard word that last year's 1. Division third place finisher ended up not signing Stabaek's backup goalkeeper so the former Michigan Buck seized the opportunity to call Honefoss and make a pitch for his services.
"On Tuesday, I called Honefoss after hearing a deal with Stabaek's second choice goalkeeper fell through and asked if they needed a goalkeeper and here we are," Clark said of the whirlwind week.
The former Golden Grizzly joins a club that will look to establish itself in Norway's top division after years of playing in the country's second level of soccer.
High powered teams like the aforementioned Stabaek are composed of attacking offenses and playmakers that can score from outside the penalty box, however one should not expect Clark to be intimidated during his first season of playing professional in Europe while taking aim at winning the starting goalkeeper's job.
"Certainly Stabaek is a very good team, but I don't think [Honefoss] will have a problem competing in the Eliteserien. I am very excited to be a part of that as I am keen on starting this season," he concluded.
Clark and Honefoss make their 2010 Eliteserien debut on March 14th when they head up north to square off against Tromso.