Barnsley’s Championship status the only thing on Adam Hammill’s mind

Adam Hammill: Survival target.
Adam Hammill: Survival target.
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ADAM HAMMILL has vowed to put all thoughts regarding his own Barnsley future on the backburner while he pours all his energies into helping the Reds achieve their Championship safety mission.

The Oakwell favourite recently returned to the fold after a six-match spell out of the first-team squad and has started the Reds’ last two fixtures after making his return from the bench in the home games against Bristol City and Sheffield United.

Out of contract in the summer, Hammill, who turned 30 in January, is also potentially playing for his future in his second spell at his adopted club.

But the Liverpudlian insists that he will not be mulling over his options until after the final ball is kicked in 2017-18, his priority being to ensure that Barnsley remain a Championship club by the time the full-time whistle comes at Derby County on May 6.

Hammill, who will assess his options during a break after the end of the season, said: “Until the last kick of the season, I am not thinking about contracts. There are far bigger things ahead and things that need to be sorted before myself.

“It is about keeping the club in the league and the player will come second. Obviously, we will then discuss the future. Until then, it is the last thing in my mind.

It is about keeping the club in the league and the player will comes second. Obviously, we will then discuss the future. Until then, it is the last thing in my mind.

Adam Hammill

“My sole focus is Barnsley staying in the Championship. Secondly, I will get on the plane and go on holiday in May and have a few weeks away and go travelling in Australia.

“I am also going to Dubai with the children and missus to clear my head, which will be nice, before coming back.

“I do not know what is ahead of me.

“If I had a ball in front of me, they would call me ‘Mystic Meg’!”

Heralded for his starring role in the club’s famous League One promotion and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy double at Wembley in the spring of 2016, Hammill is now urging one of his team-mates to emerge as the hero in the Reds’ latest quest.

Hammill added: “We have some huge games. Someone could make themselves a legend for Barnsley if they could keep them in the Championship and they would be remembered for that. Go make yourself a hero. Someone in there can write their own destiny.”