Belfast Telegraph

Clarke signs City deal

By Gareth McCullough

Newry City captain Richard Clarke has signed a new contract that will keep him at The Showgrounds until the end of next season.

The 22-year-old extended his current deal until the summer of 2009 after talks with City boss Gerry Flynn and comes in the wake of close season speculation saw the midfielder seemingly all set for a move to professional football in England.

After a number of moves across the water fell through during July and August, Clarke is just glad to be able to concentrate on what he does best.

He said: "It's been a hectic summer for me, but the club have been good and Gerry Flynn especially has kept my head right and never let me get carried away with anything.

"I didn't get carried away anyway because I knew it was all just speculation. I'm glad to get signed and now I can focus on my football.

"The main reason I signed is that Gerry and Peter Murray are ambitious, like myself, and we want to win things.

"There's a great mentality within the squad now and all the boys are buzzing. That's mainly down to Gerry and Peter and they have brought a freshness to the squad and they let you go and express yourself, which I what I want.

" There's no reason why we can't finish in the top six. The players that have been brought in have been brilliant. But everyone has done well. We know we can play a lot better though, that includes myself. We want to finish top of our CIS Cup group now and we have a lot make up for still after last season's 8-0 defeat in the quarter-finals."

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