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Johnson on Jonson

12 May 2013

Latics' manager on new striker signing

Lee Johnson believes he has unearthed an uncut diamond in Jonson Clarke-Harris, his first summer signing for Latics. 

Latics' manager insists it is his job to provide the polish and bring out the best in the 18-year-old striker who has been signed from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee. 

Johnson revealed Clarke-Harris came on to his radar when Latics won last month at Bury where Clarke-Harris was on loan. 

He said: "In the first half of that match he was excellent. 

"He was big, strong and scored a great goal which was disallowed. 

"I watched the DVD of the game afterwards and like what I saw." 

Johnson added that he had Clarke-Harris watched in all of his remaining games for Bury and received favourable reports from everybody who watched him. 

He said: "When it comes to the risk and reward factor, Jonson is definitely worth it. 

"He has all the attributes and potential to be a very good player. 

"He is by no means the finished article and a lot of development work will be needed. And it is our job to do that because he could be anything he wants." 

Clarke-Harris kicked off his career at Coventry City where he became their youngest-ever first-team player at 16 years and 20 days. 

He joined Peterborough last summer, but did not make a senior appearance for Posh. He had loan spells at Southend and Bury in the season just ended. 

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