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Ollie Clarke Departs

30 June 2020

The Club can today confirm that Ollie Clarke has rejected a new contract in order to seek a fresh challenge elsewhere.

Clarke made over 250 appearances for Rovers since signing a professional deal with the Club in the summer of 2010, with his first-team debut for the Gas coming towards the conclusion of the 2010/11 season at Colchester United.

An injury setback the following campaign limited the midfielder's continued progression to regular first-team football. A brief stint on loan at Clevedon Town aided Clarke's return to full fitness and he signed a one-year extension that summer. 

The 2013/14 season was the campaign where Clarke made the full breakthrough into a regular starter in the blue and white quarters, which coincided with his first goal for the Club in a 2-0 win against Portsmouth in December 2013. 

Clarke was part of the Rovers side that won promotion from the National League in the 2014/15 season, with the midfielder contributing four goals across the campaign that ended with victory in the Play-Off final over Grimsby Town at Wembley.

On our return to the EFL the following season, Clarke was a mainstay in the side that secured the Club's second successive promotion, with the highlight from the midfielder surely being a fantastic long-range goal during a comprehensive victory over Newport. 

Last season, the industrious midfielder was made Club captain and he featured 34 times in all competitions throughout the 2019/20 campaign, scoring in our dramatic win away at Shrewsbury Town.

The 28-year-old will now leave the Memorial Stadium on the expiry of his contract this summer. 

Speaking about the departure of the midfielder, CEO Martyn Starnes said, "We want to thank Ollie for his contribution and services during his time at the Club.

"Ollie has been a terrific servant to Bristol Rovers F.C over the past decade, with a highlight reel of memories to choose from, which has earned him the label of a fan-favourite. 

"We had been negotiating a new deal with Ollie, with the offer of a testimonial to mark his decade long service, but he felt the time was right for him to seek a fresh start elsewhere. 

"We respect his decision and he leaves the Club with our best wishes as he embarks upon the next step of his career."

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