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McCormack: We've moved on since Clarke
LEON Clarke’s return to the County Ground will not affect the Swindon Town players one bit, according to club captain Alan McCormack.
The striker arrives back in Wiltshire today for the first time since the infamous occasion last August when the 27-year-old, then part of the Town squad, refused to leave the pitch post-match following a scrap with manager Paolo Di Canio in the tunnel.
Clarke, who had only been with the Robins for 12 days, was soon packed off on loan to Chesterfield and never represented the club again - and all eyes are likely to fall on the forward should he come into contact with his former boss this afternoon However, McCormack emphasised how long ago the incident took place and how little it means in the greater scheme of things.
“We haven’t even thought about it, we haven’t even spoken about it. It’s a long time ago that it happened.
“It’s over a year now and everyone moves on in life, things happen in life especially in football where people have such a high opinion of certain things.
“We aren’t going to look to go out and dislike a player because of what happened, what happened was between him and the staff at the club and everyone knows that.
“He’s moved on, we’ve moved on, we had a very successful year last year and we go out to win the game - whether it’s against him or against any other player that’s left this club.
“It makes no difference, we want to win the game and that’s what we’ll go out to do this Saturday.”
Three other players with recent associations to Swindon are also part of the Scunthorpe squad, with Callum Kennedy, David Prutton and Mike Grella all in line to face their former club.
That will mean plenty of reunions during the warm-up but McCormack stressed that, once the game gets under way, pleasantries will be quickly abandoned.
“As soon as it comes to the game at three o’clock, any player will tell you, friendship does go out the window a little bit and you have more arguments with your friends that you’re close to on the pitch in a game than you do off the pitch,” he said.
“There’s no friendship in football. Come three o’clock it’s all about getting three points for Swindon Town.”