PATIENT defender Rob Edwards admits he’s had to play a waiting game for his chance at Barnsley.
But the former Blackpool and Wolves centre-back is now gunning for a decent run in the side having broken back into manager Keith Hill’s starting 11.
Edwards hadn’t played since the end of October before he was given his chance again away to West Ham last Saturday. And the 28-year-old looked assured in central defence despite the Reds slipping to a 1-0 defeat to the Hammers at Upton Park.
“Every footballer wants to play, you don’t feel as though you’re earning your money when you coming into training and you’re not playing,” admitted Edwards.
“But the lads have been fantastic so I knew I had to be patient.
“If your form drops or you find yourself injured then you’re going to find yourself out of the side. Then it’s going to be a tough task to get back in. It was great to play against West Ham, but we lost so it doesn’t mean I’m going to be back against Blackpool.”
With fellow centre-backs Stephen Foster and Jimmy McNulty having struck up a strong partnership, the former Aston Villa trainee found it difficult to force his way into the side. But now an experienced professional, Edwards can recognise progress at a club and is optimistic under Hill and assistant manager David Flitcroft, the Oakwell club can make more strides in the Championship.
“I think it’s progressing really well,” reflected Edwards.
“We’ve got a good number of points on the board and the gaffer wants a lot more from us - and I think we’re capable of more.”