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1718 burnley james tarkowski 00 500x500James Tarkowski has committed himself to Burnley for the next four and a half years having signed a new deal with the club to run until the end of June, 2022.

Tarkowski, who joined the club two years ago this month from Brentford, initially signed a three and a half year deal which meant he had another season on his existing contract beyond this season.

It’s been a talking point among supporters recently, particularly following on from instances such as Danny Ings, who let his contract run down, and Michael Keane, who were forced to sell with just one year remaining on his deal.

This season, so far, has been fantastic for our central defender. He stepped in when Keane left and has made the position his own with some outstanding displays. His performances have certainly silenced those who had doubts before the season started.

He’d played in every league and cup game until this recent period where he was forced to miss three games following an incident at Brighton.

Tarkowski made his debut in a home game against Rotherham in February 2016, coming on as a substitute for the injured Keane. For some time he had to settle for substitute appearances but he’s now gone on to become a regular. He’s now made a total of 42 league appearances for the Clarets, of which 25 are starts, and a further seven starts in the cup competitions.

Still aged just 25, this is outstanding news to come out of Turf Moor today.

A delighted Tarkowski said: “I’m happy. It’s been a good season so far and it’s nice to be rewarded by the gaffer and the club in this way. Hopefully I can carry on paying them back and put in some good performances.

“Since Keano left, the club has put the trust in me, so far, to take that position on. I feel like I’ve done quite well so far and hopefully long may that continue. I have said it for a long time this is a long-term project for me and the club so hopefully we can all continue what’s been a positive season so far.”

Sean Dyche explained some of the reasoning behind the new deal while also confirming they are talking to other players. He said: “I mentioned recently we have a good collection of players, ones we enjoy working with, and they are under good contracts. Tarky was, but we felt it appropriate. We try to work on a level of fairness and making sure players are on appropriate contracts at the right time. Tarky fits into that really.”

Dyche added: “His contract was slightly behind the curve at the club because he had come out of Brentford so we felt it was appropriate on two levels. One he’s worked well in the Premier League and continues to show that, and two because it was out of sync and when players are out of sync we feel it is appropriate to have them all in similar band. We feel that works well with us for the mentality of the squad and we know roughly where they are.”

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