Season By Season
• Justin Clarke carried extra load as a leader this year with the long-term injury to Dan Merrett.
• In Merrett’s absence, Clarke was forced to play closest to goal where he watched the game unfold from the last line of defence and also called the shots for the inexperienced back six.
• The 21-year old was ranked 9th in the league for one-percenter’s (138) in a very solid season at the Club.
• With another pre-season under his belt, the South Australian will be looking to progress further in his development.
Season by Season
• Clarke followed up his impressive 2013 Season with a huge 2014 Season Campaign.
• Clarke played in all Rounds for the Lions in 2014, and he impressed many as a key-defender who lined up on the oppositions key-forwards. One standout game he played was against Richmond in Round 16. The then 20 year old lined up on Jack Reiwoldt and was able to keep him quiet with only two goals. In this game Clarke was able to amass 15 disposals, six marks, six rebounds and a game-high 11 one per-centers.
• The young man is developing into one of the keys to the future of the Lions defence. It was exciting to see his development in the 2014 Season, and it is exciting to see what is to come in 2015.
Season By Season
• After demonstrating terrific form with the NEAFL side in 2012, Clarke got his first taste of senior AFL action during the NAB Cup pre-season series where he matched it against some of the best forwards in the competition.
• Although he ultimately missed out on a place in the Lions' triumphant NAB Cup Grand Final side, he received a far greater reward by being elevated to the senior list on the eve of the home-and-away season.
• He remained in the NAFL for the opening month of the season, before getting the call-up to play his first senior AFL match in Round 5 against Melbourne at the Gabba. His debut was made even more memorable given the Lions came away with a win.
• With Matt Maguire sidelined with a calf injury, Clarke was relied upon heavily and rarely let his team down. Such was his impact that he became a regular fixture in the senior side. He played 14 of the next 15 games - missing Round 9 due to a one-match suspension.
• Clarke's form was so impressive, that Senior Coach Michael Voss was afforded the luxury of playing regular full-back Daniel Merrett up forward. He was incredibly unlucky not to be granted an AFL Rising Star nomination for his efforts down back.
• Clarke's breakthrough season came to a premature end, however, after he injured his shoulder during the team's Round 20 match against Richmond. It would require a full reconstruction.
• Despite playing just two thirds of the season, the raw prospect from Booleroo still managed to finish 15th in the Club Best & Fairest.