Berry predicts Reds will be a ‘real force’ next season

Luke Berry
Luke Berry

Reds midfielder Luke Berry believes the club can be a “real force” in League One next season.

The Reds narrowly missed out on a play-off place this season after a fine nine-game unbeaten run fired them up to sixth in the table.

But their form has dipped off in recent weekend, with manager Lee Johnson’s previously resurgent side having not won in their last eight matches.

“Next year we’ll definitely be pushing for promotion,” stressed Berry, who bagged a late equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Peterborough United.

“We want to kick on and be a real force in this league.

“The boys have been playing well, so it’s been hard to get into the team, but I’ve had to put extra work in on the training ground.

“It was nice that extra work has paid off. It’s always pleasing to get your first league goal, but of course it was extra special to score to get us a draw.

“It’s been too long in coming to be honest, I wanted to get it a lot earlier than I did. But I’ve finally got it, so I’m pleased.”

However, Berry, who has struggled to cement a first-team place this term, admitted he’s not been too happy his season.

“I’m not really that pleased with my season,” added the 22-year-old.

“I wanted us to push up more in the table and I wanted to score more goals.

“I want to play in the next few games and keep my form going, but hopefully next season I can show more what I’m about.”

The Reds travel to Bradford City on Saturday.