Clayton graduated out of the Manchester City youth academy in 2008, and spent the 2008/09 season on loan at League Two sides Macclesfield Town and Chesterfield. He spent the start of the 2009/10 season on loan at Walsall, before the deal was made permanent in December 2009. He was released by the club at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, at which point he signed with Port Vale. He was loaned out to Corby Town in the 2015–16 season, before rejoining Redditch United in June 2016. He signed with Altrincham in December 2016, and then switched to Droylsden the following month.
He signed for The Dabbers in the summer of 2017, as Dave Cooke looked to bring in some higher league experience to a youthful Nantwich squad.
As a Dabber, Clayton has played in defence and up front, and is an aerial threat at both ends of the pitch, and is a strong utility player for the men in green.