Next up, Barnsley travel to take on QPR at Loftus Road tomorrow evening, and will be looking for a repeat performance of the one that saw them hammer the Hoops 3-0 when they met at Oakwell back in October.
He said: "It (his leadership) is really important. Alex is a special player for me as a captain on the pitch as he understands everything and knows all the principles and believes in them.
“Now, I think he has made the next step in his development because he is really communicating with the guys and is giving confidence to them.
“It is important for me to have him as he takes a part of my job onto the pitch with the guys. At the moment, it is OK because we don’t have the fans."
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Barnsley and the rest of the Championship, ahead of the midweek action:
Bookies have suspended betting on the next Ipswich Town manager, as ex-Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook, who was linked with both the Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday job before the club pursued other options, closes in on the position. (SkyBet)
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2. Rovers defender not just a speedster
Blackburn Rovers defender Tyler Magloire has revealed his frustrations at only being known for his remarkable pace, and has stated his current loan spell with Motherwell has been an ideal opportunity to showcase the breadth of his talents. (Daily Record)
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3. Rovers suffer double injury blow
Bristol City look set to be without key men Joe Williams and Andreas Weiman for the rest of the season, with new manager Nigel Pearson doubting the pair's chances of playing any part in the run-in due to ongoing injury issues. (Bristol Post)
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4. McEachran joins MK Dons
Ex-Birmingham City and Brentford midfielder Josh McEachran has agreed a short-term deal with League One outfit MK Dons. The 28-year-old is looking to reignite his career, having been plagued with injuries for much of it. (BBC Sport)
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