Club captain Marc Roberts has hailed Barnsley’s coaching staff for his progression as a player.
The former England C defender was plying his trade at non-league Halifax Town, before moving to Oakwell in 2015.
It has been a remarkable rise, with the towering centre-back securing promotion with the Reds through the play-offs as well as comfortably keeping them in the Championship this season.
“The coaches at Barnsley have been great,” admitted Roberts, who was born in the area.
“They’ve had me working on areas I’d never thought of before and I’ve developed so much as a player.
“I’d never been in an academy. I just went straight into men’s football in non-league and worked my way up from there.”
At the age of 26, Roberts is one of the more experienced campaigners in the Oakwell dressing room.
He became the Reds’ skipper when Conor Hourihane left in January and he is proud of what he has achieved in a relatively short space of time since leaving non-league football.
Roberts added: “I’m ever so proud of what I’ve done so far.
“It feels like I’ve had five seasons rolled into two.
“I’ve come a long way since leaving Halifax. I was 24 when I moved to Barnsley and I’d got to the point when I felt I had to make it then or do the right thing and look for another career.
“There are moments when you doubt yourself, but you just have to step up to the plate.”
Meanwhile, the Reds’ Ladies completed agreat double on Sunday.
After clinching the league, they went on to edge past Wallsend Ladies 3-2 to capture the League Cup.
The Reds went 2-0 up before being pegged back, but eventually grabbed the vital winner late on.