Clarke backs Crocombe to show safe pair of hands

Max Crocombe is likely to start the forthcoming    campaign in goal for United as Ryan Clarke recovers from a foot operation

Max Crocombe is likely to start the forthcoming campaign in goal for United as Ryan Clarke recovers from a foot operation

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

Ryan Clarke believes Oxford United will be in safe hands while he recovers from a foot operation as Max Crocombe prepares for a run in the side.

The surgery means the 32-year-old goalkeeper will be on the sidelines when the squad regroup for the first time later this week for fitness tests.

Clarke is expected to miss pre-season and could be on the sidelines for the first month of the new Sky Bet League Two campaign.

While U’s boss Gary Waddock will closely watch how Clarke’s recovery progresses, if a loan keeper is required for the opening games, it will be as a back-up to Crocombe.

The New Zealander, who turns 21 in the opening week of the season, has had to be patient.

After keeping three successive clean sheets at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, he did not play a minute of first-team football last season as Clarke excelled.

But United’s No 1 has the utmost confidence in his teammate.

Clarke said: “Max has got all the attributes to be a top keeper.

“He’s at an age now where he needs to be tested in pressure situations.

“It’s a good chance for him and he’s highly rated here.

“I hope he does brilliantly if he’s given the chance, because we want the club to have a good start.

“He’s been great for me since he’s come through.

“At the same time I will be looking to get fit, but I won’t take it for granted that I will get my place back.”

When it became clear last month the U’s No 1 needed an operation, Waddock quickly made it clear Crocombe, who played at the Under 20 World Cup for the Junior All Whites last summer, would fill the gap.

Clarke thinks his understudy would benefit from both the advance warning and the prospect of a prolonged run in the side.

He said: “If the manager has told him I think that’s a good situation for Max.

“It will be good for him to get his head round and he can fully concentrate on getting right for pre-season.

“It will give him a boost.”

Rising cost of delayed tower blocks revamp will top £20m

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 29th May 2015

A MULTI-million pound project to refurbish Oxford’s five tower blocks could be delayed by almost a year.

Oxford University is set to appoint its first female vice-chancellor

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

THE first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University has been nominated by committee members and could take up her post next January.

50 bales of hay on fire in field by Tower Hill, Witney

Oxford Mail:

6:32pm Friday 29th May 2015

AT LEAST 50 bales of hay are on fire in a field by Tower Hill, Witney.

Video: Andrew Main sectioned after admitting South Oxfordshire council fire earlier this year

Oxford Mail:

4:16pm Friday 29th May 2015

ANDREW Main has been sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after admitting starting a number of fires in South Oxfordshire in January.

Pensioner pulled from Rose Hill house fire and treated by paramedics

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

5:51pm Friday 29th May 2015

A PENSIONER was pulled from a house fire in Rose Hill this morning.

Martin Nganga guilty of arson after setting fire to Blackbird Leys house

Oxford Mail:

2:27pm Friday 29th May 2015

A businessman has been found guilty of arson with intent to endanger life after setting fire to a house in Blackbird Leys.

Missing woman Sandra McDonald from Cowley found safe and well

Oxford Mail:

2:19pm Friday 29th May 2015

A Cowley woman missing for almost a week has been found safe and well.

Severe weather warning for strong winds for Oxfordshire today

Oxford Mail: Wild winds headed towards Cornwall

11:17am Friday 29th May 2015

Strong winds are set to hit Oxfordshire today as a severe weather warnig was issued

FOOTBALL: Pitch woe gives Oxford City a headache

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 29th May 2015

Oxford City have vowed to improve the pitch at their Marsh Lane home after plans to install a 3G artificial surface in time for their National League South debut were shelved write Matthew Bruce and Michael Race.

‘Hashtag’ crowned children’s word of the year by publisher

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th May 2015

OLDER generations might think of the hashtag as nothing more than a button on a keyboard.

Speedie’s not pulling wool over our eyes

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 29th May 2015

PREPARE to be astonished by “the world’s most dangerous circus act”.

Thief stole from Good Samaritan who was helping car crash victims

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

A GOOD Samaritan said his wallet and car keys were stolen while tending to victims of a car crash.

Children leave their mark on Cowley Road Carnival decoration

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

YOUNGSTERS ended up with messy hands after trying to put their stamp on this summer’s Cowley Road Carnival.

Council workers begin their move to new offices

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 29th May 2015

COUNCIL workers whose offices were badly damaged in an arson attack started moving into their new home yesterday.

Oxford United to hold pre-season training camp in Austria

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Friday 29th May 2015

OXFORD United will spend a week in Austria as part of their pre-season preparations.

Ashton: Oxford United transfer success down to ambition, not cash

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD United’s ability to land their main targets this summer is down to selling players a vision for the future rather than offering the most money, according to chief executive Mark Ashton.

Oxford United to take more control over kit design as part of retail changes

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Thursday 28th May 2015

OXFORD United have announced big changes in their retail department, which will give them more control over their design of merchandise.

Ryan Taylor relishing fight for Oxford United starting role

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

RYAN Taylor is relishing the prospect of battling for a place in Oxford United’s striking quartet next season after completing his move yesterday.

Ryan Taylor signs for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

5:30pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

RYAN Taylor has become Oxford United's third signing of the summer after agreeing a two-year deal with the club.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree