BARNSLEY defender Bobby Hassell has told The Star that it has been his worst season at the club.
The long-serving Oakwell favourite has been plagued by injury and he has not played since January.
A mistimed tackle from teammate Jim O’Brien in training left Hassell with a medial ligament tear and, despite initial hopes he would return for the final phase of the season, the 31-year-old was forced to admit defeat.
“I like to try and find the positives out of most things, but it’s been really tough this season,” Hassell told The Star.
“I’ve never been injured for this long in my entire career, so it has been really frustrating. Jim was gutted when he injured me, but it was an accident.
“And to be honest our results in the second half of the season have been absolutely gutting. I think the lads have lost a lot of confidence.
“I’ve spoken to quite a few of them and they’ve been embarrassed with some of our results.
“We’ve lost some key players this season, but we can’t keep using that excuse. We’ve got a good squad and, for whatever reasons, things haven’t worked out for us since Christmas.
“In my eyes our victory over Derby (at Oakwell) was one of our best performances of the season - and that was achieved without Ricardo (Vaz Te), Butts (Jacob Butterfield) and Drinks (Danny Drinkwater). But we’ve stayed up and that’s massive.”
Hassell says that next season will “huge” for the club as they try to retain their Championship status for an eighth successive season.