Oxford United keeper Clarke signs new deal

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RYAN Clarke has committed his future to Oxford United after signing a new contract yesterday.

The goalkeeper put pen to paper on a two-year deal, with the club having the option of an additional 12 months.

It represents a significant gesture for both parties, as Clarke will be 35 if the contract runs its full course.

The former Bristol Rovers stopper has made more than 200 appearances for United since joining in 2009 and is delighted to extend the stay.

He said: “I have been made to feel welcome ever since I first came through the door.

“The fans have been brilliant with me, and the club is ambitious and always looking to move forward. “I feel as though the next few years should be when I am in my prime as a goalkeeper and I am looking forward to those years being with Oxford.

“We are in a very strong position in the league and I want to be part of what is happening here.”

Clarke, who admitted in November the lack of news about talks was playing on his mind, becomes the first of United’s key players out of contract this summer to negotiate a deal.

This season has been an impressive return to form for the U’s No 1, who was ruled out of the second half of the last campaign recovering from double shoulder surgery.

He has not missed a minute of competitive football since the summer and is a key part of the best defensive record in Sky Bet League Two.

The contract is timely, coming on the back of Tuesday night’s man-of-the-match performance in the goalless draw at Exeter City.

It was the fourth successive clean sheet in the league, where Clarke has not been beaten for more than six hours.

U’s chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Ryan worked very hard to come back from injury last season and has a great attitude. “He has improved year on year as a goalkeeper and he understands what the club is trying to build. “We are very pleased that he will be around to help us progress.”

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8:11am Thu 30 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

Now that is a bit of good news, England's No1 singing on again.

Onwards and upwards.
Now that is a bit of good news, England's No1 singing on again. Onwards and upwards. BigAlBiker

8:21am Thu 30 Jan 14

bigchet says...

got to agree with big al on this one as ryan has been outstanding for us and gives the whole defence confidence. now we need to get jake and jc to sign up as well.
got to agree with big al on this one as ryan has been outstanding for us and gives the whole defence confidence. now we need to get jake and jc to sign up as well. bigchet

8:35am Thu 30 Jan 14

wayoutwest says...

This news is almost as good as any new signing! Consistently the best keeper in L2 and proves his worth with performances like Tuesday night, when with the rest of the team not firing on all cylinders he gets us an important point and keeps the unbeaten away record going. Top Man Ryan!
This news is almost as good as any new signing! Consistently the best keeper in L2 and proves his worth with performances like Tuesday night, when with the rest of the team not firing on all cylinders he gets us an important point and keeps the unbeaten away record going. Top Man Ryan! wayoutwest

8:38am Thu 30 Jan 14

Taff Ewe says...

Excellent
Excellent Taff Ewe

8:50am Thu 30 Jan 14

BigOx22 says...

Well after all the comments yesterday about getting Clarke a new contract seem to do the job. IL must have been reading the Ox Mail and thought 'omg I have forgotten to offer the best GK in L2 a new contract, best do that today!'

COYY
Well after all the comments yesterday about getting Clarke a new contract seem to do the job. IL must have been reading the Ox Mail and thought 'omg I have forgotten to offer the best GK in L2 a new contract, best do that today!' COYY BigOx22

8:54am Thu 30 Jan 14

shouldn't say anything says...

Mr Lenagan should have said "here" rather than around to see us progress but excellent news !
Mr Lenagan should have said "here" rather than around to see us progress but excellent news ! shouldn't say anything

9:13am Thu 30 Jan 14

shouldn't say anything says...

'around' sounds vague as though he's on the periphery when he's anything but ! he's been the Mainstay and continues to be part of our critical spine.

Excellent news !
'around' sounds vague as though he's on the periphery when he's anything but ! he's been the Mainstay and continues to be part of our critical spine. Excellent news ! shouldn't say anything

9:42am Thu 30 Jan 14

Ludwigder says...

Great news for Ryan and all us fans alike. need to cement the good news with a couple more players in before saturday and a nice 3 points come the weekend. OUFC
Great news for Ryan and all us fans alike. need to cement the good news with a couple more players in before saturday and a nice 3 points come the weekend. OUFC Ludwigder

9:45am Thu 30 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out,
So where are the new faces????
The clocks ticking!,!!
That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out, So where are the new faces???? The clocks ticking!,!! Richard Wickson

10:12am Thu 30 Jan 14

87oufc says...

I've never, never had a doubt in Clarky or to paraphrase Allen - the Gordon Banks of League 2.
I've never, never had a doubt in Clarky or to paraphrase Allen - the Gordon Banks of League 2. 87oufc

11:06am Thu 30 Jan 14

hilliatman says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out,
So where are the new faces????
The clocks ticking!,!!
totally agree can't wait to see who's coming in to the club but are they real signings or just loan signings etc and where are they coming from premier club or what
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out, So where are the new faces???? The clocks ticking!,!![/p][/quote]totally agree can't wait to see who's coming in to the club but are they real signings or just loan signings etc and where are they coming from premier club or what hilliatman

11:12am Thu 30 Jan 14

hilliatman says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out,
So where are the new faces????
The clocks ticking!,!!
totally agree can't wait to see who's coming in to the club but are they real signings or just loan signings etc and where are they coming from premier club or what ???? big name player Striker ???
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out, So where are the new faces???? The clocks ticking!,!![/p][/quote]totally agree can't wait to see who's coming in to the club but are they real signings or just loan signings etc and where are they coming from premier club or what ???? big name player Striker ??? hilliatman

11:35am Thu 30 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

hilliatman wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out,
So where are the new faces????
The clocks ticking!,!!
totally agree can't wait to see who's coming in to the club but are they real signings or just loan signings etc and where are they coming from premier club or what ???? big name player Striker ???
I personally don't care whether he's a big NAME or not, he just needs to be someone who can convert more chances into goals than the present strikers do. Who knows even a decent striker from a Conference club might be capable of bulging the the back of the net a bit more often. I did wonder if Man City might be willing to loan 1or 2 of their strikers to us for free, just so they can keep their fitness up, well it's worth a try, they have enough players who can score!
[quote][p][bold]hilliatman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out, So where are the new faces???? The clocks ticking!,!![/p][/quote]totally agree can't wait to see who's coming in to the club but are they real signings or just loan signings etc and where are they coming from premier club or what ???? big name player Striker ???[/p][/quote]I personally don't care whether he's a big NAME or not, he just needs to be someone who can convert more chances into goals than the present strikers do. Who knows even a decent striker from a Conference club might be capable of bulging the the back of the net a bit more often. I did wonder if Man City might be willing to loan 1or 2 of their strikers to us for free, just so they can keep their fitness up, well it's worth a try, they have enough players who can score! Richard Wickson

8:20pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Davos P says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out,
So where are the new faces????
The clocks ticking!,!!
What did you expect? Manager of five years leaves and it's business as usual? If you think that decent targets can be captured without a Manager of decent reputation, you're living in a dreamworld. It's amusing to me that all of you guys who wanted Wilder out are starting to realise the grass isn't greener!
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out, So where are the new faces???? The clocks ticking!,!![/p][/quote]What did you expect? Manager of five years leaves and it's business as usual? If you think that decent targets can be captured without a Manager of decent reputation, you're living in a dreamworld. It's amusing to me that all of you guys who wanted Wilder out are starting to realise the grass isn't greener! Davos P

8:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

Davos P wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out,
So where are the new faces????
The clocks ticking!,!!
What did you expect? Manager of five years leaves and it's business as usual? If you think that decent targets can be captured without a Manager of decent reputation, you're living in a dreamworld. It's amusing to me that all of you guys who wanted Wilder out are starting to realise the grass isn't greener!
We have never thought the grass would be greener without Wilder. The Chairman and Mickey Lewis would have been well aware who the players Wilder wanted here were and surely have the necessary contacts to continue the hunt. It's hugely noticeable that Wilder has made four signings at NTFC already.
Whilst I haven't been a Wilder out person, he did a reasonable job here but I really don't think he was the man to take us up, I don't think he should have been offered an extension at the end of last season based on last seasons performances, this season he has presided over a superb away record while presiding over a very poor home form and rapidly dwindling gates that have cost the club somewhere in the region of £500,000. Would you if you were Chairman have been prepared to offer him another contract until you knew whether we had achieved promotion or had to face another season in Division 4? Could the club afford too? I think it was inevitable he would jump ship and he proved those of us that held that opinion correct, whilst I didn't actively want rid of him I am pleased to see the back of him based purely on his tactics at home and the way he's turned the home fans off!
[quote][p][bold]Davos P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out, So where are the new faces???? The clocks ticking!,!![/p][/quote]What did you expect? Manager of five years leaves and it's business as usual? If you think that decent targets can be captured without a Manager of decent reputation, you're living in a dreamworld. It's amusing to me that all of you guys who wanted Wilder out are starting to realise the grass isn't greener![/p][/quote]We have never thought the grass would be greener without Wilder. The Chairman and Mickey Lewis would have been well aware who the players Wilder wanted here were and surely have the necessary contacts to continue the hunt. It's hugely noticeable that Wilder has made four signings at NTFC already. Whilst I haven't been a Wilder out person, he did a reasonable job here but I really don't think he was the man to take us up, I don't think he should have been offered an extension at the end of last season based on last seasons performances, this season he has presided over a superb away record while presiding over a very poor home form and rapidly dwindling gates that have cost the club somewhere in the region of £500,000. Would you if you were Chairman have been prepared to offer him another contract until you knew whether we had achieved promotion or had to face another season in Division 4? Could the club afford too? I think it was inevitable he would jump ship and he proved those of us that held that opinion correct, whilst I didn't actively want rid of him I am pleased to see the back of him based purely on his tactics at home and the way he's turned the home fans off! Richard Wickson

10:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Davos P says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
Davos P wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out,
So where are the new faces????
The clocks ticking!,!!
What did you expect? Manager of five years leaves and it's business as usual? If you think that decent targets can be captured without a Manager of decent reputation, you're living in a dreamworld. It's amusing to me that all of you guys who wanted Wilder out are starting to realise the grass isn't greener!
We have never thought the grass would be greener without Wilder. The Chairman and Mickey Lewis would have been well aware who the players Wilder wanted here were and surely have the necessary contacts to continue the hunt. It's hugely noticeable that Wilder has made four signings at NTFC already.
Whilst I haven't been a Wilder out person, he did a reasonable job here but I really don't think he was the man to take us up, I don't think he should have been offered an extension at the end of last season based on last seasons performances, this season he has presided over a superb away record while presiding over a very poor home form and rapidly dwindling gates that have cost the club somewhere in the region of £500,000. Would you if you were Chairman have been prepared to offer him another contract until you knew whether we had achieved promotion or had to face another season in Division 4? Could the club afford too? I think it was inevitable he would jump ship and he proved those of us that held that opinion correct, whilst I didn't actively want rid of him I am pleased to see the back of him based purely on his tactics at home and the way he's turned the home fans off!
I agree with some of what you've said particularly that he shouldn't have been allowed an early contract extension. I've been at the Kassam though many times this season and there's not necessarily a lack of ambition going forward or 'negative tactics' but the players didn't perform. Simple. I think the players deserved their share of critics. The away tactics this season and overall win percentage of Wilder showed he was a decent Manager. Anyway he's gone and we have to move on. It's a pity though that this is a major disruption to our season. Players will not want to come here and just because Lewis and co. were party to discussions, in the prospective players minds they don't know who they're boss is going to be. Too uncertain. What is certain though is losing Wilder now is a huge blow.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davos P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out, So where are the new faces???? The clocks ticking!,!![/p][/quote]What did you expect? Manager of five years leaves and it's business as usual? If you think that decent targets can be captured without a Manager of decent reputation, you're living in a dreamworld. It's amusing to me that all of you guys who wanted Wilder out are starting to realise the grass isn't greener![/p][/quote]We have never thought the grass would be greener without Wilder. The Chairman and Mickey Lewis would have been well aware who the players Wilder wanted here were and surely have the necessary contacts to continue the hunt. It's hugely noticeable that Wilder has made four signings at NTFC already. Whilst I haven't been a Wilder out person, he did a reasonable job here but I really don't think he was the man to take us up, I don't think he should have been offered an extension at the end of last season based on last seasons performances, this season he has presided over a superb away record while presiding over a very poor home form and rapidly dwindling gates that have cost the club somewhere in the region of £500,000. Would you if you were Chairman have been prepared to offer him another contract until you knew whether we had achieved promotion or had to face another season in Division 4? Could the club afford too? I think it was inevitable he would jump ship and he proved those of us that held that opinion correct, whilst I didn't actively want rid of him I am pleased to see the back of him based purely on his tactics at home and the way he's turned the home fans off![/p][/quote]I agree with some of what you've said particularly that he shouldn't have been allowed an early contract extension. I've been at the Kassam though many times this season and there's not necessarily a lack of ambition going forward or 'negative tactics' but the players didn't perform. Simple. I think the players deserved their share of critics. The away tactics this season and overall win percentage of Wilder showed he was a decent Manager. Anyway he's gone and we have to move on. It's a pity though that this is a major disruption to our season. Players will not want to come here and just because Lewis and co. were party to discussions, in the prospective players minds they don't know who they're boss is going to be. Too uncertain. What is certain though is losing Wilder now is a huge blow. Davos P

8:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Sid Snakey says...

@Richard Wickson

"We have never thought the grass would be greener without Wilder."

Please, I don't know who you think you're speaking for, but the Wilder Out campaign have assured us the grass would be so green without Wilder that you could feed a herd of cows on it.

The revision of history and the washing of hands that is going on now is unbelievable.

I don't mind listening to rational debate and balanced criticism, but the bile poured out to an Oxford Manager over the past 9 months has been sickening. It may not have been you personally Richard, but please don't defend a load of no-nothings who delight only in criticizing our club, piling on the pressure, and yet have the gall to call themselves "supporters".
@Richard Wickson "We have never thought the grass would be greener without Wilder." Please, I don't know who you think you're speaking for, but the Wilder Out campaign have assured us the grass would be so green without Wilder that you could feed a herd of cows on it. The revision of history and the washing of hands that is going on now is unbelievable. I don't mind listening to rational debate and balanced criticism, but the bile poured out to an Oxford Manager over the past 9 months has been sickening. It may not have been you personally Richard, but please don't defend a load of no-nothings who delight only in criticizing our club, piling on the pressure, and yet have the gall to call themselves "supporters". Sid Snakey

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