New signing Patrick Schmidt insists he is raring to pull on a red shirt following his arrival from Admira Wacker on deadline day.
The Austrian forward was amongst the substitutes as Barnsley drew 2-2 with Charlton Athletic on Saturday, and watched on as both Cauley Woodrow and Conor Chaplin opened their accounts for the season.
“Both strikers scored but it’s OK for me, if we get points then it’s good for the team and I hope they score many goals in every game,” said Schmidt. “If I get my chance then I hope I score.
“I’m fit and in good form, but everything is new and if the coach says I’ll play in two weeks then I’ll play in two weeks, that’s no problem for me. But I’ll give my best every day in training and we’ll see.”
The Reds travel to Birmingham City on Tuesday evening looking to continue their impressive record at St Andrews and pick up another crucial three points.
Barnsley, as ever, were backed by a vociferous home crowd at the weekend and treated the Oakwell faithful to another action-packed Sky Bet Championship display, and Schmidt says the support will be crucial over the course of the campaign.
“It was a great feeling; the fans are different to Austria because we have some smaller stadiums with not a lot of fans, unlike here,” continued the 21-year-old. “It was good to see so many fans and a good atmosphere, and I like it here.”
Like any young footballer, Schmidt has ambitions of competing at the highest level in the future. The Austrian has already represented his country numerous times at youth level but, for the time being, is solely focussed on helping Barnsley progress this season.
“It would be a dream to play in the Premier League but, at the moment I’m a young player and I want to achieve the goals of the club,” he insisted. “Everything happens in time and I’m happy to be in the Championship and want to help the team achieve its goals.”
You can watch Patrick’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.