Barnsley: Hedges determined to make amends with Reds

Ryan Hedges
Ryan Hedges
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Ryan Hedges is champing at the bit to try and make amenders for Barnsley’s relegation.

The Reds’ are aiming for an immediate return to the Championship next season following the drop.

And the appointment of new head coach Daniel Stendel earlier this week is the first step the club have taken in initiating that project.

Barnsley ended their campaign with just four wins in their last 32 outings.

And it was not just matters on-field which hit the headlines, with some of the disgruntled players holding secret meetings behind then-head coach Jose Morais’ back and goalkeeper Nick Townsend’s season prematurely ended after a training ground bust-up.

Barnsley are determined to put last season’s woes behind them and come back with a bang.

Welsh international Hedges stressed: “Next season I want to be starting most if not all the games, scoring and creating goals and helping Barnsley get straight back into the Championship.

“We have a really good squad and promotion has to be the aim.

“A lot of us have experience of League One and we know we can do well.

“We’re all looking forward to coming back for pre-season, getting to know the new coach, then going again for next season.”

Hedges added: “It was a sucker-punch to get relegated and all the lads are hurting.

“It was a bad day at Derby County [a 4-1 loss on the last day of the season]. But It was good to be in with the fans that afternoon, they’re a credit to the club and I know how much they are hurting too.

“But we have to look forward now and try to put it right next season.”