It is with great sadness in my heart that I write this message to the Barnsley FC supporters.
I have been inundated with messages of support from Reds fans throughout this ordeal and you will never appreciate just how much this meant to me during a difficult time. From my first moment at this great club, I was welcomed with open arms by staff, players and the whole community of Barnsley. I made this place my home and was looking forward to many years playing for the town and its people.
There were ups and downs last season but I always felt the fans were with us, even in the tough times. Thank you for that. But I could sense the change of fortunes around Christmas; we started to gain vital results heading into the New Year. I will never forget scoring my first goal at Oakwell in front of the ‘Ponty End’, it is a feeling I’ll always have with me. And I continued to support the team in my absence and to see the way they fought their way through the lockdown period and to eventual safety was incredible. I became a Reds fan myself, cheering on the lads… I will continue to do this in the future.
I maintain my innocence, something the FA have acknowledged themselves but I must handle this decision with my family and look forward to a brighter future. And you never know what may happen. I will never give in on one day pulling that shirt back on.
Thank you all, and be safe.