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Tarkowski signs new deal

21 June 2013

Defender stays at Boundary Park

Defender James Tarkowski today signed a new two-year contract he agreed with Latics earlier this month.

And the 20-year-old from New Moston, whose new deal expires in June 2015, says he is looking to kick on and take his game to another level.

Tarkowski said: "I am happy with the progress I have made, but I have reached the stage where playing 25 games a season is not enough.

"I need to be playing well and consistently every week and to play 40/50 games a season.

"Over the next two years, I am looking to play 70, 80 or may be 100 games and also to stay injury free."

Since making his first-team debut in January 2011, Tarkowski has made 53 first-team appearances for Latics, 26 of which came last season.

Tarkowski added he has enjoyed playing for Lee Johnson saying the manager gives him freedom to get the ball down and to play football from the back.

And though there has been many changes in playing personnel, Tarkowski believes there is stability at the back when Connor Brown, Jonathan Grounds and himself are still at the club.

Tarkowski admits League One will be a tough division, but draws inspiration by the way in which Yeovil won promotion last season.

"They had a low budget and don't have a massive fan base but they slipped under the radar to win promotion," he said.

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