Barnsley ace relishing derby opener at Chesterfield

Barnsley's Josh Scowen is squeezed out by Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy in last season's clash at Oakwell. ''Photo: Dean Atkins
Barnsley's Josh Scowen is squeezed out by Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy in last season's clash at Oakwell. ''Photo: Dean Atkins
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The Reds are due to face the Spireites at the Proact Stadium in what promises to be a mouth-watering start to the new 2015-2016 League One campaign.

And speaking exclusively to The Star, Scowen admits he’s chomping at the bit - more than most - to get back on the pitch.

“I’m bored to be honest, I can’t wait to get going,” revealed Scowen.

“And it’s a great game to start the season. Any derby game is a great atmosphere and everyone will be up for it.

“This season we’ll be trying for promotion – and that’s exciting for everyone.

“We’ve got a really good squad and I’m confident we can challenge next season, but we know that we need to be more consistent if we’re going to do that.

“The future looks bright under the new gaffer [Lee Johnson]. He wants us to play football the right way – and I’ve been enjoying that.

“The football we’re playing is enjoyable and we work hard in training, so it’s been fun since the manager came in. I enjoy his philosophy.”

Former Wycombe Wanderers man Scowen impressed in his debut season with the Reds last term.

The 22-year-old made 41 appearances and chipped in with five goals, which included two against Rochdale on the final day of the season.

And the Enfield-born player, who struck up a strong partnership with Conor Hourihane in the heart of the Reds’ midfield, wants to add more goals to his game in the new campaign.

“I thought I did alright last season, I played pretty well,” said Scowen. “But I’d like to score a few more goals and keep improving.

“I’ll always work hard and do everything I can for the team, but I’m definitely trying to add more goals to my game.”

Barnsley midfielder Josh Scowen is relishing the club’s opening day derby clash with Chesterfield on Saturday, August 8.