Mowatt, out of contract in June, has been at the heart of the Reds’ remarkable qualification for the Championship play-offs in 2020-21 with his recognized performances earning a well-deserved spot on the division’s Team of the Year in an awards ceremony on Thursday night.

The midfielder has been in talks with the Oakwell hierarchy to extend his time at the club, but there has yet to be an agreement and the 26-year-old is focusing all his energies on field matters and aiming to follow in the former’s footsteps. Reds captain and legend Neil Redfearn and led Barnsley to the top flight for the second time in their history.

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He said: “To be honest, everything has been put aside now.

Alex Mowatt of Barnsley.  Photo: Tony Johnson
Alex Mowatt of Barnsley. Photo: Tony Johnson

“The season is ending and everyone is focused on promotion and that is what we want to do and then everything will be talked about.”

Meanwhile, Mowatt has revealed his pride in earning a spot on the second-tier Team of the Year.

It’s about securing recognition in the annual League One roster during the club’s promotion from the third tier in 2018-19.

Many felt that various other Reds players and head coach Valerien Ismael were worthy of a spot in this season’s lineup and Mowatt certainly is of that opinion.

He said, “Definitely. Some of the other guys might have made the team and deserve it too.

“When the coach came in we were near the bottom of the table and the work he has done has been incredible and now we are in the play-offs. The coach deserves to be there too, if I’m honest.

“This (season) is the greatest achievement of my career so far. But the work is not done and we want to move up now and we have a great opportunity.

“We have come very far and we are in the play-offs and anything can happen in the play-offs and we will give everything we have to show that we are promoted.”

In the here and now, Barnsley faces a Preston team that beat them 5-1 on the Reds’ last visit to Deepdale in October 2020, a fateful afternoon that turned out to be Daniel Stendel’s final game with the Los Angeles. visitors looking to set a ghost tomorrow.

Mowatt added: “I remember that game and one of the worst games I think I’ve ever played.

“It was a bad day and I hope we can fix it.”

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This notice was published: 2021-04-30 15:10:11