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MICHAL HELIK PRE-MIDDLESBROUGH

2 October 2020

Reds defender Michal Helik was on press duty ahead of Saturday's return to Middlesbrough, where he made his Barnsley debut just two weeks ago.

The Reds' most recent acquisition, Polish centre half Michal Helik had his first real sit-down with the local journalists this afternoon. 

Just three appearances in a Reds shirt at the moment, with two clean sheets, the man signed from Cracovia says he's found life in Barnsley enjoyable so far.

"I'm enjoying it a lot." Said Michal.

"I feel good here in Barnsley. I have everything here for me, and I think I can develop and improve as a player whilst helping my club.

"My family are here with me now, and my dog, I have my house and my own car, so I'm settled in and I have complete focus on just the football which is important."

Helik's arrival last month ended a long-standing chase, with the Reds attempting to recruit his services in previous windows. 

That faith in his ability was a real positive for the 25-year-old, as he explained.

"I knew Barnsley tried to sign me before, but my club then wouldn't allow me to move.

"It gave me real confidence that Barnsley stayed interested and so I was really happy when the deal was made this time around.

"This is the home of football and it is a dream to play here in England, and for such a good club with a great young squad of players. 

"I believe we will get better and better and make our mark on the division."

Sent off against Reading in his last away appearance, which saw him suspended for the EFL Cup defeat at Chelsea, the big defender wants to move on from that incident and is instead focusing only on the games ahead, starting with Saturday's trip to Teesside.

He told us: "That's in the past and I don't like to dwell on things I have no control over. I will learn from it of course, even if I do feel it was a little unlucky for me. 

"I had a good game at Middlesbrough previously, and last weekend I feel I did alright. I'm enjoying the battle with Championship forwards.

"I love the challenge!"


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