Clarke Oduor: Championship Side Barnsley Make Final Decision on Kenyan International’s Future

Clarke Oduor: Championship Side Barnsley Make Final Decision on Kenyan International’s Future

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM

- Clarke Oduor joined Barnsley from Leeds United in 2019

- He has, however, struggled for game-time under manager Coach Valérien Ismaël

- Barnsley recently unveiled names of players to be released by the club next month and the Siaya-born left-back was not among them

- The Tykes are embroiled in intense playoffs with the hopes of being promoted to the Premier League

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Kenyan international Clarke Oduor has been retained by Championship club Barnsley for at least another season.

Clarke Oduor: Championship side Barnsley make final decision on Kenyan international’s future
Clarke Oduor has been retained by Championship side Barnsley. Photo: Getty Images.
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Oduor has barely featured for Barnsley this season but was still named in the club’s list of players who would be staying at the club.

His lack of game time led to rumours that he might be on his way out of the Oakwell Stadium but a list released by the club has since confirmed that the midfielder, who also doubles up as a left back, is still part of Coach Valérien Ismaël’s plans.

One of his biggest highlights in a Barnsley shirt was his goal in the final day of last season which helped The Tykes narrowly avoid relegation.

Barnsley have since picked themselves up impressively and this season, they have emerged as one of the favourites to be promoted to the Premier League.

They currently sit fifth in the standings with 78 points and will be part of the tense playoffs.

One leg of the playoffs have already been played, with Barnsley being narrowly beaten 1-0 by Swansea, who finished the season in fourth place.

The second leg will be played on Saturday, May 22, and The Tykes will be looking to overturn the tie to make it to the final where they will meet either Bournemouth or Brentford.

Oduor has been in Leeds’ books since 2010 but ended the near decade-long association with the club in 2019 to join Barnsley on a four-year deal.

In January 2020, he was voted Barnsley's player of the month, beating three other players to the award.

Since no other Kenyan player has played in the Premier League since the departure of Victor Wanyama, Oduor is currently the closest thing to a Kenyan in the Premier League at the moment.

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Rene Otinga
Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and