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Brentford defender James Tarkowski has today become a Burnley player for an undisclosed fee on the last day of the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old Tarkowski was first linked with us two years ago when he was at Oldham, but he moved to Brentford and settled into a team that won promotion from League One at the end of that 2013/14 season and then reached the Championship play-offs a year later.

 

Oldham were his first club. He actually made his league debut for them in a 2-1 win against Brentford in January 2011, coming on for former Burnley youth player Neal Trotman with ten minutes remaining; he got his first league start in March of that year in a 1-0 defeat at Leyton Orient.

His Brentford debut came in March two years ago when he lined up for them in a 2-0 home win against Bradford City. He’s gone on to make 70 league appearances for them to add to the 72 he made for Oldham.

I think we all know his last appearance came on 12th January, just three days before our visit to Griffin Park. He was in the side that was so unfortunate to lose 1-0 against Middlesbrough.

He, as most Burnley fans will know, opted not to play against us and the whole story has since been made public. His Manchester based mum is suffering from an incurable illness and he wants to be closer to her. I’m sure that is something everyone can understand and fully accept.

He’s now a Burnley player, two years after that first link and will now be at Burnley until the end of the 2018/19 season.

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