BARNSLEY will be aiming high next season, according to full-back Scott Golbourne.
It was ultimately mission accomplished for the Reds last season as they retained their cherished Championship status with a couple of games to spare, but they did finish just a single place above relegated sides Portsmouth, Coventry and Doncaster, although they would have dropped into League One had Pompey not been deducted 10 points for slipping into administration.
However, the 2011/12 campaign has now been consigned to the record books and Golbourne is already looking forward to the Oakwell outfit ruffling quite a few more feathers next term in the second tier.
The former Reading, Bristol City and Exeter City left-back told the Star: “I think we can confidently aim for the top half of the Championship at least next season.
“Don’t forget before Christmas last season we had put a good run of results in and we were comfortably in the top 12, and there was even talk of a push for the play-offs.
“That’s got to be the aim for us again at the start of the new season. We got quite close to the top six last season, so we know we can do it - we just need to get off to a decent start again and try and build up momentum.
“I know everybody says it, but a good start to the season can be so crucial and can give you a great platform to build on.”
Meanwhile, Golbourne is relishing the prospect of taking on established but now former Premier League sides Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves next season.
The 24-year-old added: “I’m really looking forward to matches against Blackburn and Bolton in particular.
“They are both big clubs and when we play them it will be a big occasion for everyone at Barnsley.
“I’ve played at the Reebok Stadium before and that was a terrific experience. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to be involved at Ewood Park, Molineux and there next season.”
Reds were being linked with a potential move for Bristol Rovers’ flying winger, Mustapha Carayol, yesterday.