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1st July 2020 10:19

Tenacious midfielder pens Stags' deal
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 01 July 2020 6am

Mansfield Town is delighted to announce the signing of former Bristol Rovers captain Ollie Clarke on a two-year contract.

The 28-year-old reunites with boss Graham Coughlan, who appointed the midfielder as his skipper when manager at The Memorial Ground.

A product of the club’s academy, Clarke made his Rovers’ first team debut in the final game of the 2010/11 season and has since represented the Gas in over 250 matches.

The tenacious midfielder won back-to-back promotions with his hometown club as well as two Player of the Year accolades.



Breaking: Bristol Rovers confirm Ollie Clarke departure as Mansfield Town move nears
The club captain leaves Bristol Rovers after more than 200 appearances for his boyhood club

bristolpost.co.uk, By Sam Frost, 30 JUN 2020

Bristol Rovers have confirmed club captain Ollie Clarke will leave the club after turning down a new contract amid interest from League Two Mansfield Town.

The 28-year-old played more than 200 senior games for his boyhood club after graduating from the academy, but his time at the Mem is over.

The midfielder is poised to reunite with former Gas boss Graham Coughlan at Mansfield on a free transfer after the Dubliner made a late move to secure Clarke's signature.

Clarke and the Gas were close to agreeing a new contract as negotiations dragged on over the summer, but the Bristol-born man has opted for a fresh start at Field Mill.

Rovers CEO Martyn Starnes paid tribute to the departing skipper on the club's website.



Ex-Bristol Rovers boss Graham Coughlan makes late attempt to sign Ollie Clarke for Mansfield Town
The Bristol Rovers captain's contract expires at midnight

bristolpost.co.uk, By Sam Frost, 30 JUN 2020

Mansfield Town have made a late attempt to sign Bristol Rovers captain Ollie Clarke, Bristol Live understands.

The out-of-contract midfielder was close to agreeing terms with Rovers on a one-year extension, but his former boss Graham Coughlan has made a last-ditch attempt for his signature.

Coughlan has previous, trying - and failing - to sign Gas defender Rollin Menayese on deadline day in January, but his move for Clarke could be more successful with the Stags favourites to sign the 28-year-old.

Dubliner Coughlan handed Clarke the Rovers armband following the departure of Tom Lockyer last summer.

Of the squad who were part of the Coughlan era, Clarke is the closest to the now Stags manager and contacted him directly when he left Rovers.

Read more at https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/ex-bristol-rovers-boss-graham-4277194