Miles Addison is hoping to start for the Reds in the next two matches – but admits he doesn’t think his long-term future will be at Oakwell.
The Derby County man, who signed an emergency loan extension at the start of this month, is glad to be in Keith Hill’s plans for the forthcoming fixtures with Leicester City (away) and Millwall (home) but is unsure if he will still be at Barnsley at the end of the transfer window.
Said Addison: “After the Leeds United game on New Year’s Eve I spoke to the gaffer and Flicker. They were very honest.
“The gaffer wanted to extend my loan and said I would be involved in the January games. He said he needed an answer in a day.
“I was unsure because of my situation over the previous couple of months, which had been difficult. I had found myself on the sidelines or as a substitute, rather than playing, and at first I didn’t think it would be a particularly good decision if I re-signed back on.
“I wasn’t expecting getting in the team because the lads were doing pretty well, and I thought that as soon as January came I would be going back to Derby.
“But I got back in against Leeds and felt that I played well. It was a terrific result for us.
“SoI had a think about it and eventually opted to stay. I played at Doncaster and then featured against Swansea City in the FA Cup and although we lost those games I am feeling fitter and stronger. Regular action time obviously helps.
“I like playing for the manager here. He has a great philosophy on football.
“I recognise that my style of play may not particularly endear me to supporters. I break things up and get tackles in, rather than be creative like Jacob Butterfield and Danny Drinkwater. Fans like to see players like those two, I accept that, but there is a more than one role in a football team.
‘I just want to make the most of January now, and I definitely want to start against Leicester and Millwall. We are looking for four points from those two games, minimum.
“When we have all our players fit and available I believe we have a very strong 11, a side capable of doing well against any other Championship club.
“If we can avoid injuries, like the one that has ruled Jacob Butterfield out for the season, then I think Barnsley are capable of making a late surge towards the upper reaches of the table. Jacob is a big loss but I honestly believe that Drinkwater could definitely step up and play in his attacking midfield role.
“But whether I am here is open to question. There is a possibility of signing on loan until the end of the season, but the manager has often talked about the club’s finances and I don’t think he’ll be able to offer me anything permanent.
“I’ve not played as much as I’d have liked to. The team started the season rather badly and I was playing. Then I got injured and the team picked up, so I didn’t expect to get straight back in.
“Now I have played in the last three and I feel as if I’m getting fully match-fit. I’m looking for a good run in the side.
“We are expecting a very tough test on Saturday at Leicester but we are really looking forward to going there. We want to cause a surprise. We want everybody to sit up and say ‘look at Barnsley, they are a good team’.
“”We will go there with no fear, certainly. Leicester are one of the big clubs in the division but so far they have not had the season they envisaged. Our 11 can compete with their 11. We proved that in our 1-1 draw with them at Oakwell earlier in the season. We deserved to win that game.
“Leicester spent big money last summer and their fans expected a top two or three place. It hasn’t panned out like that yet but they will be determined to at least make the play-offs.
“The Championship is a topsy-turvy, up-and-down division. It has been for quite a few years now.
“We have just got to try and cut out the mistakes which have been hampering us. We have started to concede more goals than we should. We have to get back to basics. The manager always stresses the need for clean sheets and he is right.
“If we want to over-achieve this season we have to try and repeat the seven-match unbeaten run we recorded earlier in the campaign. That shot us up towards the top six.”