Date: 15th June 2016 at 5:36pm
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With news yesterday of winger Adam Hammill signing a new two year deal at Oakwell, later in the evening the expected press conference coverage was out…and here’s what he said.

Speaking to the Official Site after committing his future to the club despite the speculation of other interest in him, he admitted the ‘special relationship’ with the fans had more than played its part in his decision.

Of course last season’s success helped!

‘I had two weeks away with my family and there were quite a few offers on the table, but in the last 24 to 48 hours we sat down and decided that it was the best thing for my future. Sometimes you need to rule with your heart and this was certainly one of those moments. It was a special season last season and with the momentum we are carrying forward there is no reason why we can`t go on and establish ourselves as a Championship Club next season, with the players we`ve got and what we`re going to add. It`s a fantastic working environment, the staff and the players respect each other to a man, and they get the best out of each other.’

The 28 year old went on to say about his return to the club last season.

‘I think I`ve always played my best football in red. I`ve got an affinity with the fans and we shared such special moments last season that I thought it would be wrong to leave. To be honest, I can see myself kicking on again next season and performing just as well. I came in, in November and the Club helped me out just as much as I helped them, it was a perfect fit and it couldn`t have went any better if I`m honest. That`s why I`m delighted to announce I`m staying and I am part of this special Club.’

His decision to sign on, he believes is also a reflection on next season and the aims of the club.

‘The longer I left it, the more conversations I had with Ben Mansford and Hecky (Paul Heckingbottom). Patrick Cryne was courteous enough to give me a call and explain the plans going forward, which was a major factor. Speaking to the staff and getting the clarification on what we`ll do next season and what direction we`ll move in, the biggest thing for me was keeping the core of the squad. Everyone is a pleasure to work with every day and keeping that team spirit and momentum moving forward, it will be an exciting season. It`s a Club I will always be fond of and be in my heart now. I followed my heart and signed today, I am delighted.’

Ben Mansford was also at the press conference, and he said.

‘I think this afternoon is a real mark of intent from Barnsley Football Club. In particular from the owner Patrick Cryne who has played an influential role in both supporting the Club and engaging with Adam, along with Paul Heckingbottom to ensure that we`ve managed today to secure Adam Hammill on a new deal that takes him through to the 30th June 2018. I am personally delighted to have him back, he was a huge part of the success we achieved last year.’

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