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Tarkowski: Burnley Ticked All Boxes

1 February 2016

Clarets new signing James Tarkowski says the club ‘ticked all his boxes’ after he made the switch from Brentford on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 23-year-old defender, who has joined for an undisclosed fee, decided to end his two-year stay in West London.

And Tarkowski is delighted to be joining a team he feels has a real chance of getting straight back into the top-flight.

He said: “It feels good to be here. It’s a situation that has gone on for the last few weeks and I  think the club ticked all the boxes to be honest.

“It’s a team going in the right direction and one with a real fighting chance of getting straight back to the Premier League.

“I’m looking forward to getting started and it allows me to get back to my roots, where I like to be.”

The move sees the Manchester-born defender reunited with former Bees teammates Andre Gray and Chris Long.

And he says close friend Gray helped him to garner some information on the Clarets before making his final decision on the move.

“I had a few chats with Andre just to see how things have been since he moved down here and then just picked up little bits of information.

“Since he’s been here he has been on fire, scoring lots of goals and it’s another reason why I came here to be honest.

“I’ve heard a lot about the gaffer from other players and a lot the club’s recent success has been down to him.

Asked about the type of player he is, Tarkowski added: “I would class myself as a footballing centre-half, but obviously I’m here to defend as well. I do like to get on the ball as much as I can though.

“This is a team doing well and I don’t expect to turn up and go straight into the team that is doing so well.

“I’ll have to wait my chance and then show what I’m all about when it comes around. Hopefully then, I can get in the team and stay there.”

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