Barnsley shot-stopper Adam Davies is already relishing next season.
And no wonder because the 22-year-old goalkeeper blossomed at Oakwell last season given the chance to shine between the posts.
Former boss Danny Wilson gave the youngster his first-team break – and new Reds’ manager Lee Johnson kept faith in Davies for the second half of the campaign.
With 25 appearances under his belt, former Everton youth team keeper and ex Sheffield Wednesday player Davies is ready to “kick on” and become “even better”.
Speaking exclusively to The Star, Davies revealed: “I think I’ve deserved my chance in the first team. I felt as though I improved a hell of a lot last season.
“I feel like I’ve proven a lot to myself in a short time, it was just about getting that chance.
“From that point of view I owe a lot to Danny Wilson because he gave me my first chance and then to the gaffer [Johnson] for keeping faith in me.
“I know I’ve going to have to fight for my spot because we’ve two great goalkeepers at the club in Ross Turnbull and Christian Dibble.
“But it’s always good to have competition because that pushes you on. It certainly does with me.
“Playing as many games as I did last season was brilliant. It gave me lots of confidence and I just got better.
“But I also know I’ve got a lot to learn and that’s exciting. I can’t wait for next season, I’m really looking forward too it.”
Former Barnsley goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley recently left the club for a move to Chesterfield.
And although Davies believes Crossley will be missed, he’s exciting about the opportunity to work with someone new.
“I owe a hell a lot to Mark, he’s been brilliant for my career,” added Davies.
“I will miss him but it’s also really exciting to get somebody new in who wilk bring different ideas.
“I’ve worked with some great goalkeepers like Tim Howard and Chris Woods at Everton and also Nicky Weaver, Stephen Bywater and Chris Kirkland.
“Those guys have all played at a very good level and have bee great to learn from. “You take the tips they’ve given you and mold them into your game.
“But of course I want to stamp my own authority on the team and establish my own identity. That’s why I’m looking forward to next season so much.”