Date: 1st March 2007 at 10:08am
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Wednesday striker Leon Clarke has moved to League One promotion hopefuls Oldham Athletic on a months loan-deal to bolster the Latics attack.

The former Wolves man only made the move to Hillsborough in the January transfer window but it seen as a long-term project by boss Brian Laws, and has failed to secure a spot in the Owls first-team.

And Laws revealed the 22-year-old had asked to go out on loan before the end of the season to get his match fitness up.

‘Leon Clarke has asked to go out on loan because he wants to get four or five games under his bet,’ said Laws.

‘Having thought long and hard about it, I felt that if I continue to give him ten or 15 minutes here and there he isn’t going to get the sharpness he needs.

‘One of the problems is that fitness is one of things Leon needs to work at and with the way our other strikers are playing I can’t guarentee him match action. Hopefully the loan spell should benefit both the player and Sheffield Wednesday.’

Former Wednesday legend John Sheridan moved quickly to secure the signing after Chris Hall broke a leg in training last week – and the Latics have lost their grip on the top two spots in League One.

Clarke is likely to go straight in to the Oldham squad that will make the trip to Carlisle on Saturday.