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Danny Philliskirk extends Oldham Athletic stay

2 May 2014

Oldham Athletic's top scorer Danny Philliskirk has signed a new two-year contract at Boundary Park.

The striker has scored 12 times this season and has been a mainstay in Lee Johnson's XI of late with Latics' nine-game unbeaten run dragging them clear of the Sky Bet League One drop zone.

Philliskirk, 23, moved to Oldham on a free contract last summer, joining father Tony Philliskirk, who works with the club's youth team.

"I was given a chance at the start of the season," Danny Philliskirk, who also has an option for a third season in his new deal, told the club's official website.

"From where I was a year ago to where I am now, I am in a much better position.

"At the start of the season I was struggling for a club. Luckily the gaffer took a chance on me and I've played over 40 games this season which I'm grateful for.

"I can't obviously rest now. I've got to kick on and continue to score more goals in the next couple of seasons and contribute more to the team.

"I want to get more goals next season and we can easily push on from this unbeaten run and fly up the table."

Philliskirk could be the first of several Oldham players to sign new deals with Johnson's focus on retaining players who have been in such good form of late.

"There is scope for him to improve and I'm looking forward to working with him for the remainder of his contract," the Latics boss said of his top scorer.

"We're still speaking to several players at the moment and we've got lots of decisions still to make."

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