Zander Clark reflects on his journey from potential joiner to St Johnstone mainstay

Zander Clark was once set for a life in the manual labour industry – but now he’s been able to look back on that period with a smile in St Johnstone colours.

The goalkeeper has gone the hard way round to make it in football. Released from Hamilton as a kid and carrying a shoulder injury at a young age, professional football prospects looked bleak.


The keeper has become the number one. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But the Perthshire Saints took a chance on him and he hasn’t looked back since, remaining a one-club man since 2011 outwith some loan spells away from McDiarmid Park.

Now with the number one shirt firmly in his grasp, Clark has been able to look back with a smile on what could have been.

“I had been released by Hamilton when I was 15 or 16,” he said (Saints TV). “I was just applying for normal jobs, joinery, things like that. A couple of the boys I was with at Hamilton came here.

Once a young keeper. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

“Tommy Campbell at the time was looking for a goalkeeper to come in. My name was put forward but I had dislocated my shoulder, so I hadn’t played in five or six months. I was a bit out of shape!

“I had a week’s trial which turned into a couple of months. Then I got a contract and it’s been forward momentum since then. I was 16 and as soon as I finished my last exam, I got my leavers form.

“I thought I’d get a joinery job as the football ship had sailed. I was told I wasn’t tall enough to make it at the top level as a goalkeeper. That set me back a bit.

He’s had setbacks. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“With the injury I thought I had no chance. You don’t here many breaking through into professional teams at 18 or 19. When I came in it gave me belief.”

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