Perkins looks to have ‘greatest achievement’

David Perkins, left, challenges Manchester City's David Silva
David Perkins, left, challenges Manchester City's David Silva
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Midfielder David Perkins has no doubts that helping Barnsley avoid relegation would be the greatest achievement of his 13-year professional career.

Perkins knows three points against Hull City at Oakwell today would go a long way to helping the Reds retain their seven-season status in the English second tier.

“It would be biggest achievement of my football career, no doubt,” revealed Perkins, speaking to The Star.

“It would be the biggest achievement of a lot of lads in the team and also Flicker [manager David Flitcroft].

“Nobody wants a relegation on their CV, but I believe we will stay in the league.

“If we stay up can build on what we’ve done this year. Our stats after Christmas would suggest that.

“Our ambitions would grow next season if we can stay in the Championship.”

The Reds form since they were rooted to the foot of the table at the turn of the year has been nothing but sensational.

But there’s still work to do for Perkins and his teammates as they try and avoid the drop.

“We’ve done a great job considering where we were in the league. It maybe goes under the radar a bit,” added Perkins. “If you’d have said at Christmas we might need four points, or even a point to stay in the league, we’d have snapped someone’s hand off for that. It’s absolutely fantastic that we’ve still got a chance of staying up.”