SCOTT Golbourne has thoroughly enjoyed his first real taste of the Championship and now he’s eager for more.
Full-back Golbourne, aged 24, joined Barnsley from League One Exeter City in January for an undisclosed fee, having featured only once before in the second tier, back in the 2007/08 campaign when he was with Reading.
He went on to make 12 appearances in a Reds shirt last season, playing a major role in the Keith Hill’s late, successful survival mission.
Golbourne said: “I was really pleased with my input during those 12 games last season; I thought I did okay.
“There was definitely a step up in class and quality from League One, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
“The physical demands are much higher and the players do seem much more athletic.
“Don’t forget many of the players in the Championship have had Premier League experience in the past, so they have all come from a top quality background.
“Of course there’s plenty of room for improvement from all of us at Barnsley next season, but I’m certainly looking forward to getting back into Championship action.
“We did fall away disappointingly towards the end of last season, but confidence is still high and if we continue to work hard in pre-season then there are good things to come.
“No doubt the gaffer will want to rebuild a bit. With a few new additions over the summer we’ll have a squad in place that will be capable of having a really good crack at it next season.
“Maybe we just lacked a bit of that extra quality at times last season, but if we can add to that and find a bit more ruthlessness in the final third then hopefully we shouldn’t go far wrong.”