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Martin Clarke in action for Down. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Martin Clarke in action for Down. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Martin Clarke in action for Down. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Martin Clarke is unusual in that he left professional sport twice. Once on his own terms and the second time around on the harshest of terms. The Down man is still just 33 but he’s already lived a couple of sporting lives.

When Clarke first left Collingwood in 2009, he had become something of an AFL phenom. His coach, Mick Malthouse, regarded him as a natural.


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