Reece Wabara has revealed he turned down a two-and-a-half year deal to join Doncaster Rovers in January.
The 23-year-old right back joined Barnsley on a short term deal last weekend after leaving Rovers at the end of last season.
“They [Doncaster] offered me a contract in January,” Wabara told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“It was a two-and-a-half year deal, which I kindly said ‘no’ to due to the reason that I wanted to keep myself ambitious and I didn’t really want to be tied down.
“I wanted to test myself a bit further, as my ex-manager’s already said.”
Wabara, who trained with Glasgow Rangers over the summer but failed to earn a deal with the Scottish giants, admitted he had hoped to be be playing in the Championship this term.
“Ideally, yes [I was hoping for a move to the Championship],” he said.
“However, it wasn’t a case of just going to any Championship club.
“If you’re playing at the bottom of the Championship, it’s better to play at the top of League One because you’ve got the ball and you’re going out to win as opposed to not losing.
“Ultimately wherever I went it was a case of going into a footballing side which was ambitious. That was my main aim this summer - to go to an environment which matched my ambition to better myself.”
Wabara made his Barnsley debut as a second half substitute in their 2-1 win at Millwall on Tuesday night.