‘I still haven’t spoken to Tigers boss’ says Ryan

Ryan Clarke puts in a tackle at Witton
Ryan Clarke puts in a tackle at Witton

Full-back Ryan Clarke is disappointed with the way his immediate future has been handled by Worksop Town Football Club.

Clarke says he and the club’s new manager Mark Shaw have exchanged nothing more than a couple of text messages about next season.

And the 29-year-old, whose performances on the right of the Worksop back four earned him the Guardian Player of the Year award, insists the club is yet to make him an offer.

“The piece he (Shaw) put in the Guardian last week said he spoke to me, which just isn’t the case,” said Clarke.

“I got my P45 through in the post at the end of the season, without any contact from the club.”

“I then got a text four or five days later from Mark saying he had been busy with work and family, but he wanted me to stay and asked how much it would take to get me to stay.”

“I replied and suggested we speak after my holiday, I got back last week and I haven’t spoken to him.”

In the Worksop Guardian last week, Tigers gaffer Shaw said the club couldn’t afford to pay ‘anywhere near’ what Clarke received last season due to budget cuts.

But the right-back, who featured in every single league game in the 2012/13 season, responded: “I was nowhere near the top earner last season, I was on half what some players were on.”

“I have no issues being surplus to requirements, I’m mature enough to handle that, and I would appreciate being told that, rather than money being given as the reason.”

“I played every game for Worksop, I got on really well and had quite an allegiance to the club, so I’m disappointed with the way it has been handled.”

“It’s not all about money, I don’t want to get into a bidding war, I haven’t been made an offer yet.”

Clarke’s future is still undecided, with interest from a number of clubs.

While he refuses to rule out a return to Worksop, the former Worcester defender says he wants to make the right decision over next season.

“I want to take my time and get it right, it’s about balancing family, work and football, my little boy is 20 months and it can be difficult.”