ARSENAL’S Harry Clarke says he’s looking forward to a spell as Stoke City’s very own Harry Potter – after Michael O’Neill made him his second summer signing.

The 21-year-old Gunner has joined the Potters on season-long loan and says he’s confident he can help O’Neill transform Stoke into a Premier League team again by the end of his stay.

Ipswich-born defender Michael Clarke is following up loan spells from Arsenal at Ross County and Hibs with a spell at Stoke

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Ipswich-born defender Michael Clarke is following up loan spells from Arsenal at Ross County and Hibs with a spell at StokeCredit: Alamy

The right-sided-defender said, who has impressed north of the border with Ross County and Hibs, said: “I see Stoke City as a Premier League club like a lot of people do. 

“I want to be part of something special here this year, getting the club back to where they belong.  

 “It feels unreal coming to a club like this.

“It’s been a dream to play in the Championship for a while now so it’s good that it’s finally over the line.

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“Obviously we had to deal with leaving Hibs, which had to be done the right way, but I’ve been excited about it ever since I heard about it.

“Michael O’Neill came up to watch a couple of games. We had a good meeting. 

“He seems really positive, and he likes me.

“I want to feel wanted so for a manager to come up and see me he’s definitely shown that.”

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O’Neill said: “Harry is young and hungry to succeed.

“He’s a fantastic athlete with a great deal of potential.

“We’re delighted to have secured his services for the forthcoming season.”

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