Originally from Cairns, where, playing for South Cairns, he won the local league best and fairest award aged just seventeen, Troy Clarke joined West Torrens in 1987 after failing to procure a place on the Brisbane Bears' inaugural list. In 4 seasons with the Eagles he played 64 games, enjoying a particularly good year in 1989 when he won selection in the West End All Stars Team of the Year. In 1991, Clarke finally found his way to Brisbane where he spent the next 6 seasons, playinga total of 68 AFL games, and participating in his club's historic AFL reserves premiership winin his debut season. His games tally would undoubtedly have been much higher were it notfor his misfortune with injury. Small of stature (172cm, 70kg), he was lightning fast, determined, and highly skilled, and was capable of playing in a number of positions. One of his career highlights was playing in Queensland's 23.14 (152) to 15.18 (108) state of origin defeat of Victoria in 1991.
Author - John Devaney