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Latics reward striker Clarke-Harris with new deal

Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date online: 07 February 2014

JONSON Clarke-Harris has signed an 18-month extension to his contract.

Manager Lee Johnson revealed the 19-year-old striker’s improvement this season had led to talks over keeping him at Boundary Park long-term.

“He has learned a lot this season and I think next year will be the one where it really clicks for him,” said Johnson.

“Technically, he’s getting better all the time. His right foot is better and we do a lot of work with him on that. He is not quite confident yet to try it out in a match - you have to remember how young he is; everybody forgets, because he is so big.”

Clarke-Harris arrived at Boundary Park after an already-nomadic professional career, with time at Coventry City, Peterborough, Southend and Bury.

It was a gamble on the part of Johnson when he made Clarke-Harris the first permanent signing of his reign last June, coming in on a 12-month contract with an option for a further year.

After a promising pre-season, it took time for the young striker to find his feet.

Tomorrow, though, he may have to play second fiddle to new man Jon Stead when it comes to partnering Danny Philliskirk up front.

James Tarkowski is expected to tie up an emergency loan return from Brentford. To be eligible for the Bristol game, the deal needs to be wrapped up by noon tomorrow.

Genseric Kusunga could sneak onto the bench with his hamstring strain not as severe as feared.

JAMES Wesolowski is set to hit the century mark against Bristol City.

The combative midfield man is on 99 appearances.

Other than Kirk Millar, Weso is the longest-serving current member of the first-team squad.


You see, this is why I get so frustrated and opinionated. I was stunned to find that Johnson had an extension to his contract when then we had not won in 6 games and were languishing just outside the bottom four. I was further bewildered to hear that we turned down big money for the free-scoring Smith. Now Clarke-Harris has a extension? This boy is bone idle put no effort in any game he is lucky to be involved in, and I believe he has not scored this year. Is the world mad or is it me?

Well deserved on this seasons showing, hope he becomes a "Beast in blue" next season. Hopefully he will also get guidance about placing the ball in 1on1 not hit a 90mph netbuster from 8 yards out.

good to see another player on a 2 year contract.
can we sign harkins in august aswell please

Good, he deserves it and can only get better. However, Kirk Millar Longest serving! One goal. He must make a brilliant cup of tea because other than that what does he offer and has he ever got any better?

daz13 it's definitely you, looked very good in november when we went unbeaten


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