Barnsley: Lewin Nyatanga finds security at work and at home

Lewin Nyatanga
Lewin Nyatanga

Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga has toasted a sweet double delight.

The experienced centre-back has penned a new two-year deal with the Reds which keeps him at Oakwell until the summer of 2017.

And just to top off what has been a good time right now, the 26-year-old has also celebrated getting married.

Security from a professional and personal point of view sees Nyatanga well-placed to now build on his success from last season in the club’s forthcoming push for promotion.

Voted the club’s Players’ Player of the season last term – and having been one of the team’s most consistent performers – Nyatanga is an important cog in the Reds’ engine room.

Manager Lee Johnson was hungry to keep the former Derby County and Bristol City defender, especially with skipper Martin Cranie having been released because the South Yorkshire outfit couldn’t afford his wages.

And with Crystal Palace loan defender Peter Ramage having also left Oakwell, Johnson quickly identified that bolstering his defence was a priority.

Nyatanga buys into Johnson’s philosophy for next season and is excited about he club could potentially achieve as they look to get back in the Championship.

“You can see the manager wants to play football,” said Nyatanga. “In the short space of time he’s been at the club you will have probably have seen the style of football has changed.

“And so after a full pre-season he’ll be able to implement his style even more. I enjoy playing the way he wants to play.

“The manager has big aspirations and that’s always great when you’ve got someone like that leading you. He’s got big ambitions.”

And Nyatanga believes promotion is a real belief.

“It [promotion] has to be the aim,” stressed Nyatanga. “Of course it’s going to be difficult, but at the same time it’s a very open league.

“Every better can beast everybody at the end of the day and there’s very fine margins between winning and losing.

“We’ll go into the season with promotion being the target.”