Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom is relishing his chance of playing in the Championship.
Yiadom, 24, joined Oakwell from League Two side Barnet in the summer and he has since taken full advantage of James Bree’s hamstring niggle, keeping two clean sheets in the four games since the youngster’s injury.
Yiadom joined the club before the play-off final and he is thankful the rest of the boys got the job done to give him a chance in the second tier of English football.
The former Braintree boy is thoroughly enjoying life around Oakwell, being around players of a similar age and sense of humour.
“I’m grateful to be in the Championship, the boys were doing really well in League One and they went all the way,” said Yiadom, who joined on a free transfer.
“I was actually on holiday watching the game whilst the boys were grafting at Wembley.
“That togetherness has really come into this season. All the boys are together, work hard for each other and when you have that then you have a real good chance of doing well.
“You’ve got a lot of characters at the club and it’s a great laugh in the dressing room.
“You’ve got guys like Adam Hammill who is a bit older and he doesn’t take it well so you have to leave him alone with the jokes about his age.”
Yiadom has all eyes fixed firmly on bouncing back after the Reds’ first home defeat in nine games league games last weekend.
A tough trip to the south coast to face Brighton later today awaits and the defender believes every single game at this level is just as hard as the other.
“We started really slowly against Reading and we are just looking to bounce straight back,” he said. “Every game in the Championship is tough so you have to be on your A game every single time.”
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