Bristol news Bristol Rovers confirm Ollie Clarke departure as Mansfield move nears MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The club captain leaves Bristol Rovers after more than 200 appearances for his boyhood club
Breaking News ! Bristol Rovers have confirmed club captain Ollie Clarke will leave the club after turning down a new contract amid interest from League Two Mansfield Town. The 28-year-old played more than 200 senior games for his boyhood club after graduating from the academy, but his time at the Mem is over. The midfielder is poised to reunite with former Gas boss Graham Coughlan at Mansfield on a free transfer after the Dubliner made a late move to secure Clarke's signature. Clarke and the Gas were close to agreeing a new contract as negotiations dragged on over the summer, but the Bristol-born man has opted for a fresh start at Field Mill. Read More Related Articles Bristol Rovers announce shirt sponsor deal with Utilita has been extended on 'improved terms' Rovers CEO Martyn Starnes paid tribute to the departing skipper on the club's website. "We want to thank Ollie for his contribution and services during his time at the club," Starnes said. "Ollie has been a terrific servant to Bristol Rovers over the past decade, with a highlight reel of memories to choose from, which has earned him the label of a fan-favourite.
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"We respect his decision and he leaves the Club with our best wishes as he embarks upon the next step of his career." Mansfield have been aggressive in the transfer market this summer, and Clarke also has a strong bond with Coughlan, who awarded the midfielder the captaincy following the departure of Tom Lockyer. Clarke, from Portishead, played 269 games for the Gas in all competitions, scoring 21 goals including some memorable strikes in the back-to-back promotion seasons under Darrell Clarke.
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He made his debut in 2011 before cementing his place in the first team in 2013/14. In what proved to be his final season at the Mem, the captain struggled for consistency, but Rovers boss Ben Garner was keen to for Clarke to stay nonetheless. The player, however, believes the time is right to move on and Rovers will have a new captain leading them out of the tunnel when the club returns to action.
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