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Ripley: “Clarkey Deserves Every Award.”

4 May 2017

Goalkeeper Connor Ripley spoke to Latics PlayerHD after picking three awards up at the End of Season awards dinner on Monday.

The 24-year-old shot stopper equalled the club’s clean sheet record on Sunday and picked up the Trust Oldham Player of the Season, Boundary Blues Player of the Season and the Alex Williams Believe & Achieve Young Player of the Season on Monday night.

It’s been a rollercoaster couple of days for the goalkeeper but he wanted to pay tribute to his defence for winning the awards.

He said: "I feel amazing to be honest. I wasn’t expecting to get that many awards, I thought Clarkey would sweep up all of them.

“I’m delighted with the three I got and I’m so happy for Clarkey because he deserves every award in my opinion.

“Everyone applauds the goalkeeper for the clean sheets but ultimately it’s down to the defence as well and I wouldn’t have been able to equal the record without the defence.

"They have been amazing, Clarkey, Wilson, Gerrard, even Cameron Burgess when he was here so I can’t thank them enough. It’s a team effort, though.”

Ripley struck up a close bond with captain Clarke and he will be sad to leave the defender.

“I’m definitely going to miss playing with Clarkey,” he admitted. “We got close and we are good mates now so I thoroughly like being around him.

"He’s such a genuine man and a great player so I wish him all the best. It’s going to be sad but ultimately I need to kick on with my career and try and move on with Middlesbrough.”

Asked which of his saves was his favourite, Ripley replied: “I really enjoyed the Bradford save where I tipped it over the bar and the Rochdale one from Callum Camps.

“They were one for the cameras but they were my two personal favourites."

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