BARNSLEY boss Dave Flitcroft is hoping to keep his squad together to build a brighter future for the club next season.
The Reds avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth on the last day of the Championship season.
But a string of players are out of contract next month and Flitcroft wants to secure their signatures as he begins the tough task of re-building for next season.
“The emotional turmoil you go through is something difficult to imagine, it really is,” said Flitcroft, delighted with the character his players have shown in trying to avoid the drop.
“I hope we can keep this wonderful group of players together because that’s the next part of the job. I’m praying we can do it by hook or crook.
“It’s an achievement we’ve designed. We’ve got some incredible results.
“This team don’t know when they’re beaten, they’ve never given in. I’m delighted for them.
“I’m proud of this group of players and what they’ve achieved. This [staying up] is one of Barnsley’s finest hours.
“This Championship has been one of the hardest to get out of, but to stay in fantastic as well.”
A view shared by Reds’ keeper Luke Steele who added: “It’s an amazing achievement to have stayed up considering where we were.”