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Hammill: "I have the smile back on my face."

27 July 2017

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Reds winger Adam Hammill spoke to the press at Oakwell earlier today.

With a weekend trip to Rotherham United rounding off the Reds' pre-season friendlies, Adam Hammill believes the new-look squad assembled by Reds Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom is raring to go ahead of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season. 

The popular wide-man admits that last season he wasn't always at his best, citing the pressure he put on himself to deliver to the Reds fans as the main issue. He believes he has nothing to prove and that he's going back to playing with a smile on his face and sending the Barnsley faithful home happy.

"I want to set an example, to be a benchmark here to the younger lads in the team. I'm the eldest, the experienced player who has reached the highest level. And I enjoy passing on advice and trying to show leadership on and off the pitch. 

"And in fitness terms I'm flying this summer. I did 90 minutes in the last two matches and usually I'd be feeling it in my legs. But I've been working so hard this summer, like I said earlier, I want to be a role model. But yeah, I feel great. Maybe it's the running around I do at home after the kids!

"I know last season I was putting myself under too much pressure to produce. I wanted to show the fans, but I wasn't at my best at times. I'm back to my old self now I reckon, I want to play with a smile on my face and to entertain and send the fans home happy."

You can see the full interview with Adam Hammill over on iFollow.

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