BARNSLEY: Mellis eager to get more goals for Barnsley

.'Jacob Mellis
.'Jacob Mellis
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BARNSLEY midfielder Jacob Mellis is going on the offensive for more goals this season after bagging his first of the season last time out.

Twenty-one-year-old Mellis, who rejoined the Reds on a permanent deal in the summer after enjoying 16 games on loan from Chelsea last season, rose superbly to head in the winner against Bristol City a week last Saturday.

That was his first goal of the campaign, and now after enjoying the headlines that went with his well-taken effort, the talented Mellis is hungry for more.

He said: “I’m really enjoying playing in a more advanced role this season, and hopefully that’s going to lead to a lot more goals for me.

“Last time I was at Barnsley I was lucky enough to score two goals in my first two games here, but unfortunately it slowed down after that and I didn’t score again.

“I’ve never scored a header before, but it was just nice to get on the end of a great cross and score like that. I’m confident it won’t be the last.”

Mellis’s heroics earned him a place in last week’s Football League Championship Team of the Week.

Meanwhile, the Reds’ talented young defender John Stones made his international debut on Friday night. Stones – who has attracted scouts galore down to Barnsley games throughout this season following some hugely impressive displays – played for England’s Under-19s against Germany in Hamburg.

The 18-year-old played the whole 90 minutes of the fixture which England lost 3-1.

Barnsley’s rising starlet played alongside some fellow top quality and sought-after youngsters, including Manchester United’s summer capture from Crewe – Nick Powell and Liverpool’s rapid winger Raheem Sterling.