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Premier League talk pie in the sky - Tarky

Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date online: 05 February 2014

JAMES Tarkowski says stories linking him to top Premier League clubs are the stuff of fantasy.

But as he sat down to discuss a loan move back to Boundary Park the centre-back was deadly realistic about his new club Brentford’s prospects.

“Some of the teams that were talked about, like Liverpool and Manchester United, were ridiculous,” Tarkowski (21), who resumed training with Athletic today after watching the reserves in action at Chapel Road yesterday, told the Chronicle.

“To get a move to a team like that, you have to be playing at a different level. I never believed any of that stuff.

“I was always hoping for high League One or maybe the odd Championship team. Brentford are a team who can easily push on to the Championship and sustain their status there. The owner is really backing them and there’s a team of top players there.”

Tarkowski signed a three-year contract on deadline day. Having met manager Mark Warburton and the coaching staff, he was confident in making the move to an ambitious club, which has plans for a new 20,000-seater stadium for the 2016-17 season.

“I was down there on Thursday for a look around and the manager really impressed me and so did the club,” Tarkowski added. “It is going places and it felt like the right thing to do. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it is a challenge I have got to look forward to.”

As for his expected return to Athletic on an emergency loan basis, Tarkowski wants to put in more of the sort of shows which attracted a flock of scouts in the first place.

He said: “If the loan gets sorted, then I hope I can repay the fans with more good performances before I move on to Brentford.” Athletic hope to wrap up the deal for his return on Friday.


If as you say you are looking forward then please stay at Brentford, it would be a kick in the teeth for genuine Oldham athletic players to be dropped for you to fit in the team, you didn't want to be here

Hoping for a high L1 club?
Owner is backing them?
Team of top players?
Manager really impressed him?
Plans for the stadium?

So you were hoping to leave Oldham, our owner isn't backing us, our players aren't 'Top Players', our manager doesn't impress you as much, our club isn't ambitious & we have no plans for our stadium?

Doesn't sound to me like there's that much difference between us & Brentford, except for maybe what they can pay you.

Thanks Tarky!

Nice to know what you really think.

Move on Tarkowski, let the lads that actually want to be here and be a part of this club's future play. If Tarkowski is allowed to play I will consider not going the rest of this season. You "repay the fans " as you claim with loyalty !!!

I don't like this at all. Tarky, just move to London we don't want you on loan, good luck but see you later. All things equal Brentford aren't a bigger club than us, we've been much more successful in history and higher in the leagues yet this is like us bowing to their magnificence and they're doing us a big favour.

Undersold yerself Tarky

Sorry Tarky, but you have moved on. Latics need to work with what they have left. It seems to me that the new CH partnership worked well. They must be given a chance to build an understanding. Good luck at Brentford - It will be a challenge.

this lad has got at the most 15 years to earn as much money as he can. we would all do the same

I can't believe some of the comments above. Latics could receive over £400,000 for a quality defender, and we then get him back on loan - possibly until the end of the season.

It's a win-win situation.

Moreover, as Tarky has new employers, and a new set of fans, he has to say some good things about them!

Some Latics fans need to wake up and smell the coffee!

Some good tabloid journo's commenting here taking Tarky's words, screwing them up, and then getting offended at something he hasnt really said.
A lot of Latics fans need to grow up, accept he has moved on, and enjoy his last few games with us.
A success for our youth system, already made money from him, now lets all hope his career develops into the best he can be.


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