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Mowatt: “We have a young and exciting team.”

27 January 2017

After completing his permanent signing, Alex Mowatt gave his first interview as a Red!

Upon signing, Mowatt said, “I’m glad to sign for a big Club, I’m excited and can’t wait to get going. It’s a big Club and the fans create a class atmosphere like I saw the other night against Leeds and it’s local to me as well. I only live in Doncaster so it’s down the road for me which is good.

“I spoke to the gaffer and he showed me his plans and how he wants to play which was good for me to hear. It’s good to know that the Gaffer wants you to come and play and you are in his immediate plans, it’s nice to hear and made me want to be here.”

Mowatt has played well over 100 Football League matches during his stint in West Yorkshire. He spoke about his time at Leeds and gave the Reds fans an insight into how he likes to play.

“I never really thought I had played that many games,” said Mowatt. “It has all come around so quick! It’s good though and I will enjoy a new start now. I’d say my highlights so far would be the season I got ‘Player of the Year’ at Leeds and my season breaking through into the first team was good.

“I’m a midfielder who likes to score goals and get forward. I want to be able to create stuff for the team with assists as well. Hopefully I can get my hands on one or two free-kick’s and score some that way!”

Mowatt was signed after the cut-off deadline meaning it was too late for him to be involved against Rotherham this weekend, but he looks set to be included in Paul Heckingbottom’s squad to face Wolves on Tuesday night.

“The derbies are always good. I’m gutted I can’t be involved tomorrow against Rotherham as I arrived just after the deadline but I am really looking forward to playing at Oakwell against Wolves on Tuesday though, because I’ve seen how good the atmosphere here can be, so I want more. 

“I’ve played here a few times, even with the 18s and 21s, so it’s definitely something I am looking forward to doing as a Barnsley player now.”

The midfielder will take on the number 27 shirt and he explained the reason behind that.

“Number 27 is just my favourite after I broke through at Leeds and that was my number when I was doing well, so it has been my number ever since. It makes sense to have it again!”

Joining the Reds at the age of just 21, Mowatt fits into the young group that Heckingbottom has already assembled at the Club.

“That definitely helps. This is a young team that can play as well. It is a good bunch of lads and I know Aidy White which helps and he’s spoken to me already so it should be good.

“We have a young and exciting team that are doing well, we’re four points off the play-offs which makes it an exciting time to be here. There’s no reason why it can’t continue, the other night I thought the way Barnsley played was excellent and the fans were as well so the whole Club is going in the right direction.”



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