Oxford United place not guaranteed insists Ryan Clarke

Ryan Clarke
Clarke made 49 League Two appearances for the U's last season

Oxford United's Ryan Clarke insists he will not be taking a first-team place for granted next season - despite currently being the club's only senior goalkeeper.

Reserve U's goalkeeper Simon Eastwood left for FC Halifax last month.

"If anyone thinks I'm going to take my place for granted and that I'm going to be playing next season, then they are mistaken," Clarke, 29, told BBC Oxford.

"I will be treating pre-season as if I'm going for the number one shirt."

Clarke added: "People probably thought that when I turned up [in 2009] I'd be in the same situation being the number two, but I had a good pre-season that year and the gaffer gave me the nod on the first game of the season, so I won't be taking this with any complacency."

Meanwhile, United have given their backing to the 12th man fund to continue next season.

The supporters' group, which has raised £35,000 for the club since it was started two years ago, has set up a survey to let fans decide on its future. It was originally set up by fans as a ring-fenced transfer fund.

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