Bristol news Fans split over news of Ollie Clarke's departure as move to Mansfield Town nears MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! The last of the Conference play-off winners has left the building. Whilst Ollie Clarke's final season in blue and white was not a resounding success as he struggled to impose himself in midfield the way he used to, Bristol Rovers fans still recognise that his presence at the club was one of the few remaining links to Darrell Clarke's glory days. Rovers have today confirmed that their skipper has opted to reject the offer of a fresh contract in favour of pastures new - most likely at former Gas boss Graham Coughlan's Mansfield Town. It has prompted sadness from fans who saw the 27-year-old rise through the youth ranks over a decade ago before taking over the armband from good friend Tom Lockyer last summer. Read More Related Articles 'New challenge' – Ollie Clarke explains why he rejected Bristol Rovers deal as Mansfield Town loom Many were keen to thank him for his service to his boyhood club. Gulwell 86: Thanks for your service and effort Ollie. Magic moments like your goal at Eastleigh away will never be forgotten. Chipstead Gas: Thanks for everything , good luck. Caz: Best of luck, Ollie. You’ll always be welcome back here. Thank you for everything. Roger: Good luck in the future Ollie. It’s sad to see a local lad who made good go, I hope you get a decent move to a club that will appreciate your talents as much as we do. Elliott: Good luck Ollie, a fantastic servant of the club for so long. Fletch: Good Luck and thanks for helping to get our club back to the EFL.
. Will always be one of our own, and deserving of a testimonial on retirement. Kevin: Loyal servant and wish him good luck on his pending move to Mansfield. Yet Clarke's form has been hit and miss over the last two seasons, and he leaves on the back of a season that yielded just one goal in 34 appearances.
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It left many feeling that the time was right for the Gas and their midfielder to part ways. Gas: Good luck and thanks Ollie. I think he needs a fresh challenge to be fair. Not really League One standard and far too inconsistent for me, let alone captain material. James: Not good enough for this division. Will do bits for you in League Two but will need replacing when you get promoted. Skates: To be fair I think he’s gone as far as he can at the Gas. Good luck Ollie. Luke: Great servant to the club but probably the right time to move on. Oxfordshire Gashead: Need to move on now, I imagine that’ll free up some money on the wage bill and I’m looking forward to seeing what players could be brought in to replace him. Rob: Good lad is Ollie, but won’t be losing any sleep if he decides to go.
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