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Dyche Welcomes Tarkowski's Extended Stay

Manager happy to bring in-form defender into line

4 January 2018

Sean Dyche has welcomed James Tarkowski’s decision to commit his long-term future to the Clarets after rewarding the defender with a new deal.

Tarkowski has signed up until June, 2022 to confirm his place in Dyche’s on-going plans.

The deal follows an outstanding start to the season for the former Oldham and Brentford centre-back, who joined Burnley from the Bees in January, 2016.

And it also brings the 25-year-old’s earnings in line with the going rate at Turf Moor.

“We’re really pleased Tarky has decided to stay with us,” said Dyche.

“He would have done anyway, because he’s under contract, but he’s enhanced that by signing an even longer one.”

The Burnley boss added: “I think we’ve got a good collection of players and players we enjoy working with.

“We try to work on a level of fairness and making sure players are on appropriate contracts at the right time.

“We felt it was appropriate (for Tarkowski) on two levels; one, because he has done well in the Premier League and is proving his worth and will continue to do so and, two, because his contract was out of sync.

“And when players are out of sync, we think it’s appropriate to have them all in a similar band.

“We find that’s worked very well for us, for the mentality of the squad, so they all know roughly where they’re at.”

Tarkowski’s commitment to a new deal is a major boost for the Clarets, whose defensive record this season is the best in the Premier League outside the top four.

And it may not be the end of the good news as Dyche aims to keep developing his squad and building on what his side has achieved in recent seasons.

“There are another couple we are talking to already,” he said.

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