CLARKE: FUTURE’S LOOKING BRIGHT
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