Hamill seeks extra drive after cutting down on his travelling

BARNSLEY winger Adam Hammill is finally moving into a new home today – under the orders of manager Mark Robins.

Former Liverpool winger Hammill had been commuting daily from Merseyside after joining the Tykes in the summer but, according to Robins, that was no good for his game.

Hammill, 21, has now found an apartment just a few miles away from Oakwell and the Scouser is hoping to prove Robins right starting tomorrow against Cardiff City.

"I am sure the gaffer will be happy to know that I have finally found an apartment," he said. "It's a bit less travelling and, hopefully, that will bring out a lot more quality from me in games. He wants the best for this club and his players and I fully understand that.

"All that travelling does fatigue you. Staying over a few times a week will help me and should help me develop as a player."

The Tykes have pulled four points clear of the relegation zone since Robins replaced Simon Davey as Barnsley manager 11 games ago and are now looking to join the play-off race. Tomorrow's opponents Cardiff are third, nine points ahead.

"It's going to be a tough game but we are feeling confident after a good string of results," said Hammill. "We are heading the right way in the table and need to be pushing on.

"Cardiff are a very strong team with a lot of power and pace up front, and quality.

"They obviously have two of the division's top goalscorers in Peter Whittingham and Michael Chopra but it is not just those two we have to be wary of. They have quality throughout the team and I'm sure at the end of the season they will be there or thereabouts."

Both clubs endured disappointment prior to the international break with Barnsley conceding a late equaliser against Sheffield United and Cardiff losing to local rivals Swansea City. Hammill says Barnsley also want revenge for losing 3-1 at Ninian Park in March.

Striker Michael Coulson has joined manager-less Grimsby Town on a month's loan just days after returning from a loan spell with Blue Square Premier League side Chester City.