JORDAN Clark won’t ‘throw in the towel’ at Stanley amid the uncertainty over his long-term future.

Clark is set to leave the Reds after four successful years when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has stalled the campaign indefinitely, has cast doubt over the immediate resumption of the game, but questions have also been raised about things in the longer term.

For the 26-year-old, he has demonstrated his credentials across his 190 Stanley matches, including 40 this season that have brought eight goals.

“I am not the sort to throw the towel in just because my contract is coming to an end and the manager knows that,” said Clark.

“Whatever happens regarding my contract, I will give it my all. It makes no difference to me because I just love playing football. “That is why I am finding it so difficult at the minute. I just want to be able to get back out on the pitch.”

Clark has had a taste of Championship football before in his six appearances for boyhood club Barnsley in April 2012.

He will be eyeing a second tier move when the transfer window re-opens having built a reputation as one of the best wingers in League One across the last two seasons.

He added: “The manager has been good to us. He gave me my chance and would I like to think I have been good to Accrington because I have given it my all in every game and every session.

“The club is good at giving players the opportunity to showcase their talent. There are some clubs where you get pushed back but at Accrington you get that platform to play.

“I have probably had my best season this year. You get judged on goals, assists and chances created. In that sense, this has been the best football I have ever played.

“I am getting the reward for that now by being linked to clubs.”

Stanley have conceded defeat in their fight to extend Clark’s stay at the club in to a fifth season, accepting that the winger will be keen to earn a more lucrative deal elsewhere.

It’s a stance that Clark is grateful for, and hopes to enjoy more success in a Stanley shirt before the season is out.

“When I left Shrewsbury and signed at Accrington, I just needed to play football and I have done for four years. Season after season I have improved. I feel like I am reaching my peak,” he told Sky Sports.

“It has been a great four years. Winning League Two was unbelievable and staying up was amazing too. We are only a small club so to keep fighting with all the big boys is massive for the club and the fans.

“A lot of the lads have come from non-league. The manager spots them and improves them. He gives you that confidence to believe you can go toe-to-toe.

“Getting the right players is a big part of it. We are not on terrific amounts of money so we have to work hard all the time. We don’t have the facilities either. When you are going up against Sunderland, Ipswich and Portsmouth we always feel like we have a point to prove.”