Speaking to the Sheffield Star, midfielder Sam Morsy has spoken of his desire to see his loan move to Barnsley from Wigan Athletic made into a permanent deal in January. The Egyptian international has broken into Paul Heckingbottom’s starting eleven and has now become an integral member of their squad.

The 25-year-old was told he was free to leave the Latics by previous manager Gary Caldwell after they strengthened in the midfield department, thus nudging Morsy down the pecking order at the DW Stadium. He has made 14 appearances for the Tykes since penning a loan move in late August.

The combative midfielder insisted that his intention shortly after completing a temporary move was to ultimately secure a full time deal with the club,

“I said when I signed that my intention was to make it into a permanent move.

“The previous Wigan manager [Gary Caldwell] had told me I was free to go, so I’m looking to make it a permanent deal here. I’m enjoying my time at the club. The manager [Paul Heckingbottom] has been brilliant with me and I feel like I’m improving.

“It’s a good club with the fans, the players and the staff – we all seem to be as one and that’s a really powerful thing in football.”

Although he concedes he is unsure if anything will happen in January, he remains fully focused to the Oakwell club, who went into Monday’s fixture list sitting in the top half of the Championship table.

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