Old boss Clarke is Harris' best man

Darrell Clarke and Mikey Harris, pictured, after winning the Conference South play-off final last year

Darrell Clarke and Mikey Harris, pictured, after winning the Conference South play-off final last year

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BRISTOL Rovers head coach and former Salisbury City player/manager Darrell Clarke is part of the best man team at Mikey Harris’s wedding with ITV sports presenter Sarah Gomme.

Clarke will play his part when the young city boss ties the knot at The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden on Saturday.

Soon after, the newly-wedded couple are setting off to Italy for their honeymoon.

“I’ve tried to get things nailed down before the wedding as I want to spend time with my new wife on our honeymoon,” said Harris, 29.

“She’s well aware that my phone will have to be switched on at certain points in the honeymoon.

There will be some times when I have to speak to players, managers and agents. But that is the nature of my job, which Sarah accepts. That’s a plus for me because if she didn’t there could be a divorce before the end of our holiday!”

Meanwhile on the pitch, ex-Whites skipper Brian Dutton has left Old Sarum for Lee Bradbury’s Havant & Waterlooville – the side he last netted against.

The 29-year-old, who made more than 150 appearances for Whites over four years, signed a deal with the Conference South outfit last week.

Dutton, pictured inset, a central defender, typed on Twitter: “I’ve just put pen to paper with my new club! Looking forward to a new chapter and another promotion! Can’t wait to get started.”

He skippered City in their promotion winning 2012/13 season under Darrell Clarke, where he picked up his last goal during their 5-1 pasting over Havant.

But following City’s first defeat on their return to Conference Premier, new boss Mikey Harris handed the captain’s armband to fellow defender Glenn Wilson. Injuries and not being selected saw Dutton appear just 20 times in 46 league matches.

Harris added: “Brian was keen to have a new challenge and I'm pleased he's got himself sorted at Havant.

“I'd like to place on record my thanks to him for his services over the past few years. His goal at Grimsby in the FA Cup will live long in the memory and captaining the side to promotion is a fantastic achievement that very few people experience in their careers.”

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