Date: 5th June 2016 at 11:21am
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Alfie Mawson was clearly a key component of Barnsley’s promotion from League 1 this season with the former Brentford defender excited about the 2016/17 season.

Reflecting on our season he’s left in little doubt we would have secured automatic promotion if our early season form wasn’t so poor but to go up, having won twice at Wembley last season, was ‘amazing’ leaving him with such a ‘special feeling’ as he told the Star.

‘This is probably the best that the club has ever done in a season. I know it`s play-offs and I know we could have gone up automatically if we played like how we did at the end in the beginning. But to win twice (at Wembley), well no-one`s complaining. It`s brilliant to have been there twice and to win there twice is amazing. It`s such a special feeling.’

Mawson went on to heap praise upon former Barnsley boss Lee Johnson, who told him he would push him hard to further his development and that would benefit all going forward and so it has, he’s a Championship player now as is his former boss at Bristol City.

The 22-year-old feels Johnson got the step up to a level ‘he deserves’ too as have we.

Happy where he is, and seemingly going nowhere, Mawson has himself been linked to Bristol City, where former Preston loanee Josh Brownhill ended up. Another loanee in the shape of Manchester United’s Ashley Fletcher is being linked with Championship rivals Leeds?

The hope will be this squad isn’t broken up too much.

Brownhill couldn’t resist working with Johnson again but as much as Fletcher has said he wants to breakthrough at Man United (you feel he’ll do well to get this under Jose Mourinho) if he did go out on loan again he said he would welcome a return to Oakwell so we’ll see what comes of the Sun reports on this with it claimed the Reds are ‘also in the running.’

Although this is for another day isn’t it!

For now Mawson finished by talking about his delight at the turnaround to gain promotion back to the second tier of English football after a two-year absence with the celebrations, and summer, enjoyed seeing what ‘the future holds’ for him, Barnsley and Paul Heckingbottom.

‘Were playing well and little things just weren`t going our way. We`ve turned it around well and I`m really happy that we stuck together. We were getting a lot of stick from certain people and off the fans – rightly so – but we looked after each other and that`s the main thing. But the new manager, Paul Heckingbottom, came in and we`ve had some success. So we`ll enjoy the celebrations and see what the future holds.’

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