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Jacob Brown | Young Player of the Year

30 April 2019

Awarded the Hadfield Trophy as your Young Player of the Year for 2018/19, we caught up with Jacob Brown to get his reaction.

In what has proven to be a real breakthrough campaign for Jacob Brown, last weekend saw it rounded off nicely as he was named Young Player of the Year for the 2018/19 season.

Brown, who only recently turned 21, has racked up eight goals with another seven assists whilst also picking up the EFL's Young Player of the Month award for January. 

Adding the club's Young Player award for his work this season was the icing on the cake, as Jacob told barnsleyfc.co.uk in an exclusive interview.

"When you look at some of the names of players who've won the award previously, it's a massive honour to join them." Brown explained.

"It's showing I've had a good season, my first real season in the first team for Barnsley. It's nice to get the recognition."

Away from Oakwell last season, spending the latter stages on-loan with Chesterfield, the young forward had no idea that he'd be given the opportunity to succeed this season for Barnsley.

He told us: "To get my chance here this season, having been on-loan with Chesterfield - which was massive for me, I needed that - to then come in during pre-season, I wasn't expecting to play as much as I have done. 

"But as the season has progressed I feel like I've contributed and become a more important member of the squad. I've grabbed a few vital goals so it's been really good for me.

"In the first part of the season I kept working hard and when Pottsy (Brad Potts) left we didn't really have another player like that, but I impressed the gaffer I think and I got my chance, and I've not really looked back.

"I just need to keep working hard every day to improve and continue my development."

Brown celebrates

As he mentioned, he's been involved in some crucial goals scored throughout the season, and Jacob picked out his favourite moment for us. 

"It has to be Walsall away! In the last minute, it felt just like a dream, but there have been loads of great moments.

"Scoring my first goal at Oakwell, the one against Shrewsbury that got us the three points. So many memories."

With just one more game to play, and their fate back in their own hands, the Reds head to Bristol on Saturday hoping to clinch an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship. 

Brown suggests that could well be the 'best' moment of all.

"We're all looking forward to it," he said, smiling.

"Now it's back in our hands, we just need to go out there and perform like we know we can, like we have in recent weeks, like we have all season in fairness.

"Hopefully that gets us the three points and we're celebrating!"


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