Barnsley: Brad hopes to continue improving at the Reds

Brad Abbott.
Brad Abbott.
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Brad Abbott is hoping to make the transition from talented teenager to fully-fledged first team star at Barnsley.

Abbott impressed on his senior debut as the Reds crushed Gillingham 4-1 at Oakwell on Saturday.

And with fellow midfielder James Bailey sidelined with a hamstring injury for around a fortnight, 19-year-old Abbott could now be handed an extended run to shine.

“I just can’t wait for the next game,” said an excited Abbott. “I’m buzzing about playing more.

“I was over the moon to make my debut. It was a big day for me and all of my family.

“Ever since I was eight years old that was what I was working towards.

“Now I’ve done it I just want to kick on and play as many games as I can. I want more appearances under my belt.

“It’s sunk in now what I’ve done, but I was a bit overwhelmed before the game with all the fans screaming.

“I was dying to get a goal, but hopefully that will come in time.”

Abbott had a productive loan spell with Harrogate Town last season and was an influential performers for the Reds’ Under-21 side.

And his hard work and dedication didn’t go unnoticed from Reds’ boss Danny Wilson who offered the youngster a new contract ahead of the new season.

“I look at the other players as people I can look up to,” added Abbott. “I’m learning from them all the time.

“The manager told me to go out and enjoy myself [against Gillingham] - and that’s what I did.

“The gaffer didn’t want to put any extra pressure on me, which helped me because I like to deal with things my own way.

“That helped me a lot, so I was thankful for that.”

Wilson was full of praise for Abbott after his debut.

“He did very well,” said Wilson. “He came in and was seemless. He’s been superb since pre-season and earnt his contract.”