Barnsley’s teenage sensation James Bree spoke with the media about his recent injury and his time at the club so far.
At 17, Bree is one of the youngest players in the first-team squad but already has plenty of League One experience under his belt.
“I’m still progressing and still learning and there is more to come from me,” he said.
“The gaffer wants me to go out and enjoy myself. “He does tell me to ‘keep the ball’ and so on but Reece is here now and we’re going to compete for the right-back position and it’s good having someone to compete with. Hopefully I’ll show the gaffer that I’m capable of playing that position."
The defender is expected to miss this weekend’s trip to Rochdale but is hopeful of a return for Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint match against Scunthorpe.
“I picked up a niggle in training the other week and my ankle is still a bit sore. It’s going down but I’m not sure when I’ll be back yet."
He said: “Tuesday is probably a good aim for me. It’s feeling a lot better and hopefully I can be back in the team.”
James turned down the chance to join Manchester United as a 15-year-old but says the decision to stay with the Reds was a great choice.
“When I look back I still feel like I made the right decision. People still ask me ‘do you wish you’d have gone to Manchester United?’ and I don’t because I’ve progressed well here and I knew back then Barnsley was the right place for me.”