New signing Nicky Clark comes with a solid goalscoring record in Scottish football and will fit straight into the Pars team having completed a full pre-season with previous club Bury.
The son of Pars' assistant boss Sandy Clark, Nicky Clark began his career as a youth team player at Aberdeen. He left Pittodrie at age 18 without making a first team appearance, and joined Peterhead. After scoring 4 goals in his debut season (2009/10) he played a further season with the Blue Toon, scoring another 4 goals, before moving south to join Queen Of The South in the summer of 2011. Signed by former Dunfermline defender Gus MacPherson, in his first season at Palmerston he scored just once, in 36 appearances. It was with the appointment of current Pars management team Allan Johnston and Sandy Clark in 2012 that the young striker's career took off, something that surely bodes well for his Dunfermline career. Season 2012/13 saw Queens win League 1 by some distance, with Clark hitting an incredible 41 goals in 46 appearances. His goalscoring form led to a move to Rangers and a further 9 goals in 2013/14. He spent another 2 seasons at Ibrox and was released at the end of season 2015/16. Often his appearances for Rangers were restricted to the role of a substitute, with 54 of his 107 games for the Ibrox side coming from the bench .
After signing for Bury in the summer, he made 3 appearances on the wing plus 1 as sub, and spoke to manager David Flitcroft as he was apparently unhappy about being used on the wing. This led to a mutual termination of his contract.
After a slow start to his career, since 2012 Clark has scored 65 goals in 102 starts (plus 55 sub appearances). With no record of how many minutes were played as a sub, this still averages approximately at least one goal every other game.
Welcome to Dunfermline, Nicky.
The video below shows Nicky scoring for Rangers, a goal that was voted goal of the round in the Scottish Cup in February this year.