Barnsley: James Bree keen to add goals to his game

Promising full-back James Bree wants to add goals to his game this season.

Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 4:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:41 pm
James Bree

Picked primarily for his defensive work, Bree’s desire to get forward has endeared him to the Reds’ supporters since his rise into the first-team as a raw 17-year-old a couple of years ago.

Bree has yet to score a professional goal but he is keen to try to get on the scoresheet and add something to the team down the other end of the pitch.

“I think that’s something I need to add to my game,” admitted Bree.

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“I’m progressing all the time going forward and defensively I think I’m getting better with my all-round game.

“That’s something I’d definitely like to do, score a few goals and chip in with a few assists this season.

“Paul Heckingbottom been telling me to believe in myself and drive forward.

“I want to help the team, it’s all good to hold the ball but sometimes you need to make things happen yourself.

“I just want to get forward, provide some assists and hopefully finally get a goal soon.”

Bree has had numerous injury setbacks during his relatively short spell as a professional player.

Fortunately for the Reds, the full-back has not been sidelined since returning from a hamstring niggle which he picked up at Huddersfield in the middle of October.

And Bree is delighted he has shown he can string a run of games together without breaking down.

He reflected: “I haven’t been injured recently and that’s really good for me personally.

“It’s been good for me getting a nice run of games under my belt.

“It’s great for my development playing in the Championship.

“Obviously it’s a lot tougher but I think we’ve all dealt with it well.

“The tempo is much quicker in some games but you’ve just got to adapt.”

Young winger Jake Charles has joined York City on a one-month loan deal.

The Wales U21 international joined the ranks at Oakwell in the summer and has gone to Bootham Crescent to gain some first-team experience to enhance his development after impressing in the U23s side.

Elsewhere, Barnsley-based company Palmer Construction have extended their sponsorship deal with the club until the end of the 2018/19 season.