Speaking after signing his new deal, Matty Wolfe expressed his delight at extending his stay with the club he has been with for over a decade.
The talented midfielder’s contract will now run until 2022 and he is aiming to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the first team set-up.
“I’m buzzing to commit to Barnsley for another couple of years,” beamed the 20-year-old. “I’ve obviously been here for a long time, so they’ve still got faith in me and believe in me, so I’m getting closer and closer. Maybe next season I can push on a bit more, hopefully.”
Wolfe came from the bench in our penultimate match of the season against Nottingham Forest with the Reds pushing for a winner in what was a must-win game for Gerhard Struber’s side.
He put in a mature performance, catching the eye of supporters watching from home, but it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has seen his incredible displays coming through the ranks at Oakwell.
“It was unbelievable, just a moment I’ve dreamt of for a long time,” continued Wolfe, reflecting on that afternoon in July. “When I got shouted over, it was surreal and I can’t thank the staff, players – everyone – enough for helping me get there and having that opportunity because not many get there.”
The youngster is just one of eight academy products who have been involved in first team squads this season, with several graduates continuing to establish themselves in the senior set-up.
Jacob Brown was virtually ever-present this campaign, while Ben Williams and Jack Walton have more than shown their capabilities with a number of fantastic performances for players so young and still learning at this level.
In addition, there have been debuts for Elliot Simoes and Romal Palmer, while Jasper Moon and Aiden Marsh have both featured amongst the substitutes in a productive season for the Reds’ youth system.
“The likes of Browny, Jack, Ben, Mally, Marshy – everyone – they’re all great players and it’s great to have a lot of young good players around you because they’ll help you get through your tough times as well,” insisted Wolfe. “And it’s a credit to the club as well, for helping bring them through.”
You can watch Matty’s full interview on iFollow Barnsley.