The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Law­ton

SKIP­PER Peter Clarke claims some­thing spe­cial is brew­ing at Old­ham, and that is why he had no hes­i­ta­tion in sign­ing a new two-and-a-half-year deal.

Be­fore the week­end, Clarke had played ev­ery minute of a league cam­paign that has seen the Lat­ics strug­gle in the lower reaches of League One – sit­ting three points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone be­fore yes­ter­day’s trip to Southend.

But the 35-year-old cen­tre-back has been at the heart of a de­fence that had con­ceded just 39 goals in 40 games, third fewest in the divi­sion.

Clarke joins mid­field­ers Ous­mane Fane, 23, and Ol­lie Banks, 24, for­ward Aaron Amadi-Hol­loway, also 24, and 31-year-old de­fender An­thony Ger­rard in sign­ing on for next term and he is op­ti­mistic.

“I think it’s a real state­ment of in­tent.

“They’ve com­mit­ted their fu­tures. We be­lieve there’s some­thing build­ing and, hope­fully, good times around the cor­ner,” said Clarke.

“We be­lieve there are good play­ers in the dress­ing room and I’m sure, come the sum­mer, there’ll be some more com­ing in.

“We be­lieve there’s a good nu­cleus here and, hope­fully, given a full pre­sea­son we can then start to build, so long as we main­tain our sta­tus in this divi­sion in the next four or five weeks.”

DEAL: Peter Clarke

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