Colchester United v Barnsley: New deal underlines Adam Hammill’s debt to boss Johnson

Barnsley's Adam Hammill
Barnsley's Adam Hammill
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ADAM HAMMILL has thanked Barnsley manager Lee Johnson for helping him get his career back on track.

The former Liverpool winger left Huddersfield Town earlier this season and was unsure who his next club would be.

The 27-year-old was offered a lifeline by Reds’ boss Johnson and returned to Oakwell for his third stint at the club.

He has netted twice in six outings, and this week agreed to extend his short-term deal – due to expire in January – until the summer.

Hammill has been key in Barnsley’s improved performances, and they could climb out of the bottom four in League One today with victory at Colchester United.

Hammill believes the man-management skills of Johnson have been instrumental in his return to form.

“Lee has been tremendous for me; going into games he has given me the confidence to go and perform,” he said. “He’s starting to get the best out of me again.

“Lee has given me responsibility, a sort of role model, and I am thriving under it. He has helped me out, both on and off the pitch; you can see he cares and that is great.

“I did have a reputation for being that (a trouble-maker), but for me that’s completely false.

“I have made a few mistakes, and they have been highlighted and blown out of proportion. I am a level-headed person, kind-hearted, and a family man now. I have a little daughter who keeps me on my toes.

“I want her to be proud of her dad, and I am under no illusions what I need to do. I have knuckled down and am starting to get the rewards again. Getting out on the pitch, scoring goals, and feeling good about myself again.”

On the decision to commit his future to Oakwell, Hammill – who has also had spells at Wolverhampton, Middlesbrough and Rotherham United – added: “It was an easy decision to make.

“As soon as I got the offer I signed. I had no doubt this was the place I needed to be.

“I feel like I have lot of unfinished business.”