Barnsley: Wabara heaps praise on Oakwell chief

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Reds defender Reece Wabara has come to Oakwell to “iron out the frailties” in his game.

Wabara bagged his first goal for the Reds in Saturday’s impressive 4-1 home win over Swindon Town.

And the former Manchester City and Doncaster Rovers full-back hopes Reds’ boss Lee Johnson is the man who help him make the next progressive step in his career.

“I’d heard from various players that he’s [Johnson] a good manager and a good individual coach as well,” said Wabara. “I think I needed that just to get some frailties out of my game and improve what I’m good at as well. He’s ambitious and young.”

At 23 Wabara is, ironically, one of the older members of the Reds’ squad. But he is hoping now is the time he will finally fulfill his potential having spent of his career on loan at a number of clubs.

“It’s a bit odd to say that at 23, but if I can help the person next to me and some of the younger lads from experience I think I’m going to have to do that,” he stressed.

“We’ve got to mature, and mature fast because we’ve got a lot of ability in this squad, but we can’t be naïve because this league is very difficult.

“Sometimes the best players and the best teams don’t always win, it’s about getting results. We need to learn to mix it up as well but we’ve got good ability and that’s a good basis to have.”

Wabara believes he is improving with every game and is hungry for regular football this season as the Reds gun for promotion from League One.

“I’m getting fitter and fitter every game,” he added.

“I had no pre-season but I looked after myself well and I just want to keep improving and helping other players around me improve and hopefully help people younger than me.”