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Ryan Clarke extends Oxford United contract

30 January 2014

Oxford United goalkeeper Ryan Clarke has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The 31-year-old is now tied to the club until 2016, but the U's have the option to extend his deal by an additional year.

Clarke has played over 200 matches for the Sky Bet League Two outfit since moving to the Kassam Stadium from Salisbury in 2009.

Chairman Ian Lenagan told the club's official website: "Ryan has been one of the most consistent players not just for Oxford United but also in the whole of Leagues One and Two.

"He 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.

"With Max Crocombe also here on a long-term deal and Wayne Brown doing an excellent job as goalkeeping coach, we feel that the goalkeeping position is in very safe hands."

Clarke is pleased to have pledged his future to the club.

"I am delighted to have signed," he told Oxford's official website. "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."

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