Barnsley winger Dylan Mottley-Henry has admitted that he is not interested in a loan move away from Oakwell this season.
The 20-year-old Leeds-born winger has made just one senior appearance for The Tykes since joining the club on a free transfer two years ago and has spent time on loan at Tranmere Rovers and Chesterfield.
The youngster played the second half of Barnsley’s 7-1 thumping of York City in a pre-season friendly at Bootham Crescent this evening and the player told The72 after the match that he is determined to fight for his place under new Tykes boss Daniel Stendel.
“I’m not looking to go out on loan at all this season” said the winger “I want to start every game for Barnsley’s first team and I think I’m ready to step up.
“Pre-season is about getting the rust out and proving to the manager what I’ve got.
“We’ve got Hull and West Brom coming up, big games on a big pitch at Oakwell and I’m just taking each game as it comes.”
Mottley-Henry’s only senior Barnsley outing came in a 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa in January and the player clearly has a hunger to make a bigger impact upon the team in 2018/2019.
The player added “It was a nice experience to come on at Villa Park in front of so many fans in the Championship.
“We got relegated but I think League One is a better opportunity for me to prove myself at my age and development-wise now.
“I’m ready for it.”
Barnsley’s win over York City was their second victory in pre-season after starting their schedule with a 2-0 win at Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday in new boss Stendel’s first match in charge. Mottley-Henry believes that he could have the versatility to feature in a number of positions under The Tykes’ new coach.
“I’ve found him very good” said Mottley-Henry when speaking about his new boss. “He plays a five at the back or a 4-4-2.
“I’ve played in a wing-back position before at Tranmere so I’m no stranger to it and in a 4-4-2, I’m versatile.”
Mottley-Henry is building up his fitness in pre-season after missing the final two-and-a-half months of last term with injury sustained during his loan spell at Chesterfield. The player could feature again for Barnsley at Salford City on Saturday.