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Oxford United goalkeeper Ryan Clarke signs new deal

Ryan Clarke
Clarke has made 26 appearances for the U's this season

Oxford United goalkeeper Ryan Clarke has signed a new contract to keep him at the Kassam Stadium until 2014.

Clarke, who joined the club in 2009, kept 22 clean sheets in 46 appearances to help the U's secure promotion to the Football League last season.

The 28-year-old told BBC Oxford: "I'm grateful to be offered a deal like this. The fans are fantastic and it was a no-brainer for me to accept the deal.

"We had a great season last year and we hope to push for promotion again soon."

The U's number one started his career at Bristol Rovers and has also played for Southend, Kidderminster, Forest Green, Salisbury and Northwich.

"I've been at a few clubs and no disrespect to them but they weren't proper football clubs. Oxford is a proper club with great staff who are pushing in the right direction," Clarke added.

U's boss Chris Wilder said: "Ryan is an excellent goalkeeper who could easily be playing at the highest level.

"It is vitally important that we keep our best players as we look to progress and Ryan is without doubt one of the best keepers in this division and probably the one above."

The U's have won five of their last six games, having defeated Aldershot Town 2-1 on Saturday to sit 10th in League Two.

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