Barnsley: Adam Hammill interview

Adam Hammill will do all he can to get the most from his switch from Liverpool to the Tykes.

And if it means moving to Barnsley so be it – complete with big telly and x-box to keep him busy!

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Hammill remains in Liverpool with his fiancee, Ashleigh, at their property purchased last year.

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However, trips to and from the Pennines were leaving the Liverpudlian tired and boss Mark Robins feels his winger would benefit from a base in South Yorkshire.

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Now for Hammill the happy medium has been found, the 22-year-old having snapped up an apartment in Barnsley at which he stays when match day is near.

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Home remains in Merseyside with Ashleigh, but the part-time pad is proving the perfect balance for Hammill, restored to the Tykes side this week after two games on the substitutes' bench.

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And, needless to say, the lad pad mod cons have also made the move along the M62.

"I haven't moved here but I've got an apartment that I stay in two or three times a week," Hammill told Yorkshire Sport.

"I've only been living a year or so in Liverpool – I've got my own house there – but I'm just renting an apartment out and the manager said it would be better for my football if I did that.

"It's just a few days a week, especially before the games but I have got to be professional about that and obviously the manager is right.

"I stay over Thursday and Friday before a game and I stay there by myself, but if I've got family coming to watch they stay with me as well.

"It's beneficial, especially on a Tuesday after the games for it would be a long journey home."

Admitting the mod cons are in place Hammill added: "It was all furnished which was a help and all it needed was a telly.

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"I got my telly down and my X-box so I'm fine! It keeps me occupied!"

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Also keeping Hammill occupied is the battle to hold down a regular starting berth, a position which not one player in the present Tykes regime can take for granted.

The Merseysider found himself benched for the games against Middlesbrough and Plymouth but refused to sulk and took his manager's advice about getting his head down.

The winger then found himself back in the team for the midweek loss against Scunthorpe and admits a short spell on the sidelines may have done him good.

"The manager kept talking to me about it and it's a little side of things that I had to learn," he said.

"I had been out of the team for the last three games until Scunthorpe. "It's frustrating when I am not in the team but it's a learning curve.

"I've got to work hard and find consistency.

"I realise why I wasn't in the team and the manager told me what I needed to do to get back.

"Now I have got back I want to play week-in week-out."

Robins is also a boss that Hammill has much admiration for, the former England under-19 international admitting that his manager's experience as a top player leads to a somewhat more elevated status.

"He's well respected by all the players," said Hammill, who has had loan spells at Dunfermline, Southampton and Blackpool.

"He takes time out to explain what he wants from you, he speaks in detail and he pays a lot of attention to the details.

"He's a very good tactician as well and was a very respectable player.

"We're all happy working for him and we're enjoying playing under him because he gives us the confidence to go and express ourselves – we are doing our best every game for him.

"When it's been going right we have been playing some magnificent football but there have been the last few games – especially against Scunthorpe – when we could have seen the game out and possibly scored a few more before they did with a last-minute winner.

"We have got a hard few games coming up but we're confident we can take a good few points from them."

March brings fixtures against Championship big-guns Newcastle and Nottingham Forest and a month chock full of matches – no less than seven contests in 25 days.

But Hammill has few fears, the 5ft 10in winger of the opinion that onlookers had been correct to consider his side as outside contenders for the play-offs.

"I think we have got a really good group of players and when the manager came in he installed in us the self-belief that we deserve to be further up the table," said Hammill.

"We were playing really well and if we can get back to that and be hard to beat then we can climb into the top half of the table.

"You never know what happens and it's normally this time of the season when a team puts a good run together and gets into the play-offs.

"When the manager came in we were bottom of the league and then went on a great run which got us towards the top end of the table.

"We're looking now to get that form back."

With his new base in Barnsley, Hammill has the perfect launch pad to help his side to do just that.