Jason Talbot became the latest Pars player to sign a contract extension when he agreed a new 1 year deal yesterday. The forthcoming season will be Talbot's third at East End Park, and is a reward and acknowledgement for his consistency and reliability. The left-back arrived at Dunfermline in 2015 with a reputation for hard tackling, which was soon demonstrated when a crunching challenge in the 18th minute of his home debut, a pre-season friendly against Hibs, resulted in a red card. On his return from suspension, after missing out on the opening League games, he was booked only once in his first 16 games. He was a regular in the League 1 winning team and signed a new contract in the summer of 2016 to remain at the club for the next year.
Another red card, this time against Queen of the South in August 2016, saw Talbot lose his first team place for the following month. On his return to the side, he went onto play a further 33 games, during which he was booked only 3 times. After 2 sendings-off in his Dunfermline career, which were both followed with long periods of more subdued behaviour, there was to be no repeat, as he became a steady, dependable figure in defence and eradicated the rash, reckless side of his game for the betterment of the team and himself. His one goal last season was for many people, including this blog, the Pars' goal of the season, a piledriver from 20 yards away to Queen of the South in December.
Jason Talbot is a player who, at 31, goes about his business efficiently, and is currently the most experienced player in the first team squad. He provides a high degree of stability and can be relied upon to deliver solid performances with a minimum of errors. He has a steely, determined focus on doing his job that makes him an excellent team player.
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