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Ewan Clark looking to make Micky Lewis proud after Bristol City move

Byoxfordnewspaper

Jul 28, 2022

FORMER Oxford City wide player Ewan Clark says he is ‘living the dream’ after a whirlwind seven months.

The 19-year-old joined Sky Bet Championship club Bristol City last month, making a four-division jump.

Clark signed a two-year deal, and while the fee is officially undisclosed, it is understood City will be paid a five-figure sum plus add-ons.

He made his debut as a late substitute at Slough Town on January 2, going on to score two goals in 15 appearances for the Hoops.

Clark joined the Robins’ Under-23s set-up, just 15 months after returning to the Hoops’ educational academy, Velocity Football, following his release from Watford.

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Having made the move to professional football, Clark is now hoping to do his former coach Micky Lewis proud.

The Oxford United stalwart died in March 2021 following a short battle with cancer.

“It has always been my goal to play football professionally, and now I’m living the dream,” said Clark.

“My time at Oxford City and Velocity Football was fantastic and really helped with my development.

“Before Micky passed, he always encouraged me to return to Oxford City if my former plans didn’t work out.

“Last season was a big year for me, and I wish he could’ve lived on to see the progress.

“It has been a challenge adapting from student and part-time player to going full-time, but I’ve really enjoyed it.

“The club is committed to producing first team players through its academy system, so I know I’m in a good place.

“In the short-term, my ambition is to play as many minutes as possible and impress enough to warrant challenging for a training spot in the first team.”

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Clark was one of 14 Velocity students to represent City’s Under-23s last season, and was full of praise for the programme.

“I loved every minute of my time at Velocity,” he said.

“Regardless of your ability, there is a place on the course for you.

“Of course, I take my football very seriously and thrived playing at the level I was involved in.

“I owe a lot to the pathway established between the course and Oxford City as that ultimately led to my time playing in National League South, which opened the door to Bristol City.

“Some of my classmates had no interest playing professionally and opted to go down the sports career routes instead.

“That’s why I’d encourage anyone leaving school this summer to sign up because you get the best of both worlds.”