Our Austrian centre half was on press duty on New Year's Day as the Reds prepared for Saturday's clash with Norwich City.
The Reds picked up six victories during the final month of 2020 and Michael Sollbauer reckons the feeling in camp mirrors that good form on the pitch, as the lads get set for a clash with the league leaders tomorrow.
“It’s a good time to be a Red.” Stated Sole.
“There is a good feeling in the club and we are all excited about playing games. Tomorrow is no different. They are a big club, from the Premier League, they’re top of the table. It is the perfect way to start our new year.
“We are not satisfied with our work at this point. There are many challenges ahead. Starting at Norwich City.”
That final month of last year capped off a terrific first 12 months at Oakwell for the former Wolfsberger man.
He feels it was a great decision to join the Reds and says the 'hard work' continues as we begin 2021.
“It has been a very good year for me as a player at least, I’ve enjoyed my time at Barnsley over this 12 months.
“The results, the form and what we’ve achieved in this time has been enjoyable.
“Everyone at the club has worked so hard and so close together to achieve our goals. But we haven’t stopped. The development continues, our hard work continues.”
With the news that Alex Mowatt and others will be missing in the short-term due to COVID-19 related issues, Sollbauer says it's time for others to step up to the plate.
But his main concern was with the health and safety of those affected.
“We will miss all of them, but especially Alex as he is the captain, he is such an important player and is in great form at the moment.
“But we have to step up tomorrow.
“We have other older lads like myself, Matty James, Cauley Woodrow, Michal Helik. We can get together and show tomorrow that as a group we are fighting hard together for the club.
“I hear they’re not unwell with the virus, so that is important to know and we hope they recover and rejoin us in the next time.
"That is the important thing in this case.”