Fresh from making his professional debut against Preston North End at the weekend, Jason Sraha expressed his delight at breaking into the first team set-up.
The 19-year-old, who has shone at academy level since arriving from Arsenal in the summer, put in an assured performance at the heart of defence.
“It was a big moment in my career,” he told iFollow Barnsley. “Coming through the academy and having my league debut for the first team was a great experience and one I’ll definitely remember.
“At the beginning of the season, I probably would have thought I’d have come off the bench or had a few minutes, but having a full start and full game isn’t something I expected, so I’m grateful.”
Despite the Reds succumbing to a 3-1 defeat at Oakwell, Sraha’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he was presented with our Man of the Match award at full-time.
Humble as ever, the centre-back believes there were other worthy candidates for the accolade, but insists he was pleased with his contribution.
“Thanks to the fans who voted for me,” he beamed. “I just want to keep working hard in training and hopefully get another opportunity.
“I didn’t really expect to get it. There was Marshy who scored as well and there were lots of players who could have got it, so I’m delighted.”
Prior to making his Reds debut, Sraha spent time on loan with Guiseley AFC in the Vanarama National League North, where he made 13 appearances.
He feels that experience was beneficial and gave him a good grounding ahead of integrating with our first team set-up.
“It was a good spell; it brings out a different side of the game that I don’t think the under 23s would bring out of me – obviously, the physical side,” continued Sraha.
“It’s much more competitive, playing for points. You’re obviously playing for points at under 23s level, but the crowd get on your back as well, so it all comes into part, like the Championship is a good level and a good league.”