James Clarke moves on
As the transfer deadline of 31st January approached would there be any player movement at the Oxford City Stars? There was one departure as James Clarke asked for his release. James had an opportunity to rejoin one of his former clubs, Milton Keynes Thunder where he would get far more ice time than with the Stars. The administration was done and James was once again a Milton Keynes Thunder player. James made his debut last week in the Thunders away win at Bracknell.
James first put on a senior Oxford City Stars shirt in 1993 having made his way up through the age groups of the junior set up in Oxford. By the time the team departed Oxford in 1997/98 he was an established player, so it was no surprise that he played as part of the Swindon Chill. The following season the Oxford City Blades were the senior team in Oxford and James returned to Oxpens Road. In 2002/03 a move to Telford for two full seasons, was followed by another return to Stars colours albeit for occasional appearances. In 2008/09 he played for the Milton Keynes Thunder.
In 2010/11 he joined the Stars squad in the second division playing alongside the Oliver Brothers and Sam Arnold, amongst others. In 2012/13 the senior Stars team were now playing in Division 2, following their demise in 2011/12 and “Clarkey” was there. This season his opportunities have been restricted with the signing of the likes of Shane Moore and the development of some of the Stars younger defencemen.
Off the ice James has been a major factor in the team’s success. Through his business connections he has helped greatly with sponsorship. He has also been at the forefront of the promotional work undertaken by the Stars. We wish him well for the future.
Oxford City Stars fans will not have long to wait to see James in action as the Stars entertain Milton Keynes Thunder, this Sunday (7th February) with a 6.15pm face off.