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Armstrong: "I'm back now and raring to go!"

6 January 2017

On-loan Reds striker Adam Armstrong spoke with the assembled media at Oakwell today..

Having yesterday agreed to sign an extension to his loan deal, 'Arma' spoke of his delight at getting that confirmed and explained his reasons for sticking around.

"This is what I wanted" he said. "This is what both Clubs wanted as well. Newcastle probably don't need me up there right now and I'm over the moon to stay here at Barnsley. The whole point of the loan is for me to learn and get more experience and to do it here in a great environment can only be helpful."

Adam believes that environment can only help players develop and improve their games. The Reds have a very young and hungry group and they're feeding off each other. 

He said: "It's really good in the dressing room. There's just a real buzz around the whole place to be fair and I suppose that's the case when we're winning games. The boys are doing well in the league and we want to carry that on and see where it takes us."

Armstrong missed most of December through injury and has had to watch on as Sam Winnall and Tom Bradshaw have formed a good understanding, scoring goals in a good month for the Reds. 

"It's been frustrating" he said. "I had an ankle injury, and I didn't really know when I'd be back because some days it'd be hurting and then others it'd be fine. It was one of those where I had to just rest it so it's been frustrating not being able to train or play games. But I'm back now and I'm raring to go.

"When you're injured you know others will get their chance and they've been doing very well for us but I know what I have to do and that's put the work in on the training ground and hopefully get back in the side."

The on-loan Newcastle man believes the Reds have already surprised people with their start to the 2016/17 season and sees no reason why the Club can't keep on upsetting the so-called experts. 

"It's been a massive season for us so far, we're 8th in the league and that's surprised people considering we've come up from League One. Nobody expected us to be this high, but we're that close now to the playoff places that we have to go for it.

"If you don't want to get into the top six then there's no point playing football. We want to push ourselves and get as high as we can."

The full interview with Adam Armstrong is available over on Barnsley Player HD.



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