Tilson's fond farewell to Clarke
Tilson lost his long battle to keep hold of Clarke, who moved to Southend from Blackpool in a £300,000 deal three years ago, but was not prepared to stand in the 27-year-old defender's way once he had made his mind up. Tilson said: "We're obviously all very disappointed to be losing Peter. He was our best player last season and so to lose him is a blow, but we understand his reasons. "Peter's father-in-law has been ill and been undergoing treatment so moving back nearer his home will enable his wife to see him a lot more. "We had been trying to get Peter signed up to a new deal since September last year and again at the end of the season. "We are looking to build a side for the future, so to lose Peter comes as a blow, but I understand his reasons and wish him all the best."
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