Luke Steele made no bones about it - he doesn’t want to be playing in League One next season.
“I want this club to stay as a Championship football club, it belongs here and I don’t want to be playing League One football next season,” said the Barnsley goalkeeper.
Ahead of today’s crunch fixture at home to Millwall, Steele said he acknowledged the situation the team was in and the threat of relegation... “I think about it, it’s at the back of my mind.
“I remember last season when people’s jobs were under threat, you had people upset at the prospect of losing their job if we were relegated.
“You’re only here a short time so play at the best level you can. Let’s hang in there and let’s get out of it again and who knows what might happen next season.”
He admitted that he has a big part to play but that he needed to be better.
“We’ve perhaps been 6 or 7 out of ten but we need 9 out of 10 performances from now on,” said Steele who has just completed his sixth year at Oakwell.
“I need to step up as well,” he added.
“Look, we know we’re in a bad position and it’s a worse position than we were in last season. But we can get out of it.
“One win can start a little run and today is a huge game, there’s no getting away from it.”
Ian Holloway’s Millwall arrive, fourth bottom, five points ahead of the Reds who can cut that gap to a more manageable two - and still have two games in hand.