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Daniel Johnson Targeting More Game Time After Signing New Deal

23 August 2018

Fresh from committing his future to the club, Daniel Johnson is now focused on getting in to manager Alex Neil's starting Xl.

The midfielder, who joined the club in January 2015, put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension ahead of the trip to Norwich City, and he is delighted to finally get the deal over the line.

Speaking to PNE.Com after signing the deal, Johnson said: "It's been a long, ongoing conversation but I'm happy to have to have finally got it done and I want to hit the ground running now, I'm delighted.

"One of the most important things personally is that security for myself and my family to know where my future lies so I am delighted that it is done now and I want to earn my place in the team and work hard."

With his immediate future now secure, the 25-year-old is hoping to be able to take any opportunities that come his way to ensure he is involved on a matchday.

"It is down to me to perform in training and get myself in the team and perform when I get the chance to make sure that I stay in the team. I have got a good relationship with all of the boys, it's been ok for me so far but hopefully I can get a bit more game time and get myself going.

"I don't have to think about the contract anymore, it's out of the way and it's about getting myself in the team, working hard and enjoying it with the boys.

With plenty of options for the manager in midfield, Johnson feels that will only push him and his teammates further as they compete for a starting spot.

"We have got a lot of competition for places in the team, we have brought in some really good talent and I'm really looking forward to competing for my place and I'm sure the other boys are too.

"There are two or three players for every position at the moment, it's good for us all and I think we all enjoy that because we all push each other to get the best out of us. It's good for us as players but it's good for the manager as well to have those options.

"My aim first and foremost is to get myself in to the team and get myself going, that is the main target for me."


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