Harry White was making a name for himself in non-league football last season, so it’s little surprise the talented striker had to pinch himself when he landed his big break with Barnsley.
White’s promising performances for Gloucester City in the Vanarama National League North caught the eye of many suitors, especially Reds’ boss Lee Johnson. And in September the 20-year-old was rewarded for his progress with a two-year professional deal at Oakwell.
Last week the talented young gun fulfilled a burning ambition when he made his professional debut for the Reds in a fine 2-1 comeback win over Bradford City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
And since then he’s twice secured a place on the substitute’s bench as he continues to push for his first start.
“I still don’t think it’s sunk in yet, it was a great night for me and the club,” said White.
“It was unbelievable to be honest. It’s hard to describe what I was feeling.
“There were a few nerves but it just went very quickly.
“We’d scored the equaliser and a few minutes after I came on we took the lead, which was great. And of course we went on to win the game.
“I was just so happy to have got my chance.
“The gaffer told me that I might play, so I got myself ready mentally.
“And then in the second half he just said ‘get ready, you’re coming on in a couple of minutes’.
“From being a young kid all I’ve ever wanted to do was play professional football, so to make my debut was very special.
“But to be honest I’m still in shock I’ve signed for Barnsley.
“It’s everyone’s footballer’s dream to get signed by a big club, so I really happy so happy to be here.”
White impressed in the 35 minutes he was on the pitch against the Bantams and, although he knows he faces tough competition to cement a regular starting berth, the ambitious centre-forward will continue to dream big.
“I’ve never really had a Plan B, I’ve just always to play at the highest level I could,” admitted White.
“Football is a big game of confidence and I’ve always been confident about my ability, but I also know I’ve got a lot to learn.
“But I’ve made my debut now and I’ve had a taste of first-team football.
“I just want more now.”
The Reds face Fleetwood this weekend.