Barnsley’s German midfielder Mike Bähre thanked both his manager and his teammates following the Reds’ promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.
Following the conclusion of the season, Bähre reflected on how his manager has helped him settle into life in English football.
“The gaffer gave me the opportunity to play here at Barnsley and he has played a really big part in helping me grow as a player. He’s a born winner and every week he has pushed us to help us get over the line.
“This was the first time I have been really far from home and it’s a different style of play in England. Daniel has helped me adjust and this has allowed me to play my part in getting us promoted.”
The young playmaker also spoke about his initial shock as the Reds secured automatic promotion, admitting it would take some time to sink in.
“I still can’t believe what we have achieved, and I think it might take a week or two to sink in. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be a part of this squad.
“When I arrived a year ago, I set myself a goal of helping Barnsley achieve promotion and I'm pleased to have succeeded in doing this.”
Bähre was a key part in a ruthless Reds’ midfield this season and despite not scoring as many as he hoped, the German was involved in several excellent team goals.
“Before my first goal I felt under pressure to score but when it came, I felt a lot better. I don’t think I scored as many as I should, but I assisted a lot this season and as long as the ball was going in the net it didn’t matter who was scoring.
“It’s been a real team effort to get us this far and the lads have been great at welcoming me in to the team and helping me settle.”
Bähre is still enjoying the celebrations of what is only his second ever career promotion following one at his previous club Hannover.
“For me this is the best moment in my career, I only played twice in that season at Hannover because I was injured so that made the celebration more difficult.
“I feel like such a big part of this team and I couldn’t have wished for a better set of lads to get promoted with.”