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Barnsley: Adam Hammill interview

Young player of the year and goal of the season – for his corker against Derby County – Adam Hammill won big style at Barnsley's end of year awards night.

But it's no big deal for the wing ace who would shelve any award for club success, declaring there's "no I in team."

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And forget talk of a well deserved summer holiday, the Liverpudlian's thoughts are only going out with a bang in today's final fixture at West Brom and improving next term.

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Hammill has made a big impression in his first full season at Oakwell since his switch from Liverpool in February last year.

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The midfielder arrived with a glowing reputation after showing signs of immense promise with the Redmen and 2009-10 has seen some of that fulfilled, Hammill making 43 appearances and netting four goals – including the club's goal of the season at Derby in September.

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All in all it has been more than enough to see 22-year-old Hammill named the Tykes' starlet of the year but the Scouser is only mildly pleased with his efforts this season and wants a big improvement next term.

And of more importance to the Merseysider than individual goals is seeing his side rocket up the Championship table.

Assessing his season, and his young player gong, Hammill told Yorkshire Sport: "I was delighted to get the award, and it's motivation for myself personally, but I just want to achieve more as a club.

"On a personal basis and I think as a team we want to finish up a lot higher up the table.

"There's no I in team and I'm all for the team – I'd rather the team finished higher up the league than win something personal award though it's always nice to have accolades and personal achievements.

"But as a team we want to get as high up the table as we can and go as far as we can."

Hammill also insists that his best is still most definitely yet to come.

"To be honest I'm still developing as a footballer and I'm still relatively young," he said. "Under Mark Robins I am learning more and he has brought different aspects to my game.

"There is a lot more to come, I think I just need a bit more self belief and just a bit more concentration and the next step will be there.

"I just need to work on it to be honest. I've got belief in my own ability, I know I can take the next tsep and to be honest I want to work under the manager for as long as I can. I am learning things in training and becoming a better player.

"Also, I think it's a confidence thing and consistency is key for me as a player."

One factor that is quite clearly part of Hammill's game is his habit of scoring absolute screamers.

The wide man netted some belters during his time in Liverpool's academy side and his curling effort for the Tykes against the Rams back in the autumn was worthy of any goal of the season award.

Hammill was delighted to scoop the club's best goal gong but is not satisfied with his season tally of four and wants it dramatically improving upon next term.

And the 5ft 10in ace knows what he is missing – the tap ins and chancer's goals as opposed to the screamers!

"I went through a decent spell where I was scoring goals but they seemed to dry up and I think next season a lot more players need to chip in with the goals," he said.

"We can't just rely on our front men to score.

"Also, for myself personally, I need to score a lot more sloppy goals, get on the end of a lot more crosses and anticipate the second ball more.

"At the moment it seems like I only score decent goals so I need to score a few more tap ins!

"We need to get a few more players on the scoresheet.

"I'm only on four for the season so I'm not too pleased with that. I don't know if I'll be in the team on Sunday, but if I am it would be nice to get to five."

Hammill has high standards, little wonder given that he progressed through the Anfield club's highly acclaimed youth academy after joining Liverpool aged juts seven.

Despite showing promise in abundance, in reserve and youth games, the local lad never made a first team appearance for his boyhood team but remains an avid follower of their fortunes.

And Hammill has not yet given up the ghost of playing at Anfield on a regular basis, hoping in years to come that feat can be achieved as a Premier League player with the Tykes.

"I'm still a Liverpool fan – obviously now I concentrate 100 per cent on Barnsley but I always watch out for Liverpool and see how they're doing and I usually get to some games as well," he said.

"Obviously, it's been a disappointing season for them and I think it's one we need to forget about.

"Hopefully, we qualify for Europe next year because if we don't you

never know what might happen, players might want to leave if there is no Champions League football and that would be a disaster for the club. We need to keep our best players .

"I have always dreamt of playing at Anfield, I've still got that dream and it would be really nice to do it with Barnsley.

"I played against Man United this season which was a great game for me being a Liverpool fan, they are the games you want to play in and I thought we did well, we were a bit unlucky.

"It's funny that I ended up playing against them for Barnsley, but that's the way football works out.

"We might one day maybe get back in there. I'm sure Mark Robins has got his plans for the future, he's ambitious as a manager, and he wants to achieve as a manager and for Barnsley.

"You never know, you never say never, and as a player I've got confidence in the manager's ability."

Thoughts of a hard earned summer holiday will now be firmly on the minds of most players after the season finale.

Not so much for Hammill, though, whose already thinking ahead to next season – after sending his club's fans home happy from West Brom.

"To be honest we are a little bit disappointed with how this season has ended," he said. "It might to look to fans as if we've not been bothered but, believe me, we have been having a go and the manager also has not been happy with performances.

"He wants to send fans off with expectations for next season.

"It would be nice to go to West Brom and get a win to show the fans what we are capable of again.

"We have done well against the big teams this season and let's hope we can end the season on a high.

"We're all looking forward to our holiday but I just want to get started again.

"It will be nice to have a little bit of a break but I've already got my mind set on next season.

"I came with expectations and for me I don't believe I fulfilled them this season. I want to show the fans what I can do."

 
 
 

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