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Worcester City retain captain Ryan Clarke

Ryan Clarke
Clarke is in his second spell at St George's Lane

Worcester City captain Ryan Clarke has become the third player to agree to another season at St George's Lane.

The 2010/11 player-of-the-year, who is in his second spell at the Blue Square Bet North club, joins midfield pair Tom Thorley and Kevin O'Connor.

"Ryan made it quite clear he's loving his football at Worcester and he wants to stay," manager Carl Heeley told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"I'm chuffed to bits he's staying. He's been superb for us since he joined."

Heeley added: "I like Ryan, he's a lovely lad. He's got the respect of his fellow players and the fans and it's obvious he's played his best football here."

The 27-year-old centre-half, who is based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, has made 40 appearances this season since re-joining from Ilkeston in September and Heeley praised the former Boston United man's dedication.

"It's a big commitment for him coming from his home in Lincolnshire but the commitment he's shown to get to the club and the travel is magnificent."

Meanwhile, the City boss admitted he has spoken to a number of other players about next season but says he is in no rush to get them signed up less than one week after the season ended.

"There's no rush, we want to take some time to reflect on the last campaign and speak with them regarding our plans for next season."

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see also
Worcester 1-0 Blyth Spartans
01 May 11 |  Non League
Preece pleased to capture Clarke
10 Jul 07 |  Non League

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