Clarke was recruited by Brisbane through the rookie draft, from Maroochydore in Queensland.
As a utility, he played his first game late in the 2000 AFL season, against Hawthorn at the Gabba. In a memorable league debut, Clarke kicked two goals, managed to take 10 marks and landed 18 disposals. After appearing just twice in 2001, which was a Brisbane premiership year, Clarke was nominated for the 2001 AFL Draft and was redrafted by Brisbane with pick 45.
He coached the Lions reserves side, which competed in the North East Australian Football League Northern Conference, to a premiership in. He previously played and worked in AFL Canberra, where he captain-coached Eastlake.
Nathan then pursued a teaching career after leaving the Lions, which allowed him more time to spend with his family. We are very lucky to have him on board as his experience in all areas of the game will be valuable to the academy students.