Rachubka deal 95 per cent there
Date published: 23 May 2014
PAUL Rachubka is edging closer to extending his second spell with Athletic.
The 33-year-old Californian goalkeeper ended the season as the first-choice keeper at Boundary Park following Mark Oxley’s return to parent club Hull City, and has been offered the chance to sign for next season.
This time last week the chances of him signing looked to be fading, but after a meeting with manager Lee Johnson yesterday it seems the well-travelled player will be staying.
Johnson said: “I reckon we’re 95 per cent there. We had a good meeting with Chubs and he seems happy now. There’s a few little things to iron out, but I’m really hopeful. He’s been great for us so it would be good news if we got the deal.”
It is hoped an agreement could finally be reached over the weekend.
Rachubka joined Athletic from Leeds United last September and after Oxley’s departure in March, played in the final 10 unbeaten games of the season.
If Rachubka does extend his stay he will be sticking with a club currently boasting plenty of positive vibes, says Johnson. The long, unbeaten run lifted players, staff and fans alike, and Boundary Park is a happy place at present.
The Athletic boss — gearing up for his second full campaign in charge — said: “I’m picking up a lot of great feedback about our club at the moment.
“I’m really busy trying to bring in different players, and it’s nice to hear that most of them just want to play for us. It’s not just about the money. Everything is positive around the place.”
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