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Patrick Schmidt looks ahead to Boro clash

20 February 2020

Reds’ forward Patrick Schmidt insists he is ready to play his part should he be called upon against Middlesbrough this weekend.

The Austrian has scored twice so far in his debut season in England - one of which was a dramatic late winner at Millwall in December - and has looked lively in his brief, cameo appearances.

However, he is content to be patient and bide his time, asserting he is happy if his teammates are performing well and helping to pull Barnsley out of trouble.

“Of course I would like to be playing more often but it’s okay, I will continue to work hard and take any opportunity that comes my way,” began Schmidt.

“The gaffer really likes us to be a real team, all of us, so we all feel part of everything that we do. 

“Browny and Chappers have been in great form so I understand why I’m not getting starts right now. But I know that it will come and I hope to prove my worth in time.”

Since arriving from Admira Wacker in the summer, the 21-year-old has found game time limited as he looks to make an impression on the Sky Bet Championship.

He is gradually adapting to the demands of English football after dedicating his spare time to improving his physical and technical attributes.

“I am in the gym every day, even when we have time off, I come into the club, I work harder and harder to keep improving,” continued Schmidt. 

“I love being at the club and I’m a positive guy. 

“Even if I’m on the bench I will give it my best, even if that’s just to help the rest of the boys. It’s a team game and we all have a part to play. 

“But as a striker, there is nothing like scoring and I remember Millwall especially and that amazing feeling. I look at that as something to strive towards, getting back into the starting 11 and enjoying that scoring feeling again!”

You can watch Patrick’s press conference on iFollow Barnsley.


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