Date: 7th June 2016 at 3:37pm
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Striker Sam Winnall has reflected on a fairytale 2015/16 season for Barnsley with promotion via the Play Offs secured into the Championship for the coming year.

With Barnsley nearing the release of the new fixtures for the Championship campaign on June 22, Winnall is quoted by the Star looking back on the year that the club had, that saw battle from the bottom of the league into two trips to the National Stadium.

Winnall obviously more than played his part in that, bagging 24 goals across the campaign.

‘Winning at Wembley has just been the fairy-tale end to our season really. We`ve had ups and downs, so to end it like we did, at the home of football…well, words can`t describe it. We were the better team on the day and if you look across over the course of the season, since December, we`ve been the better team in the majority of games. Confidence grew with each game and it ending the way it has with us playing, so words can`t describe how well it feels. It`s crazy isn`t it – we were bottom on November 28. You just can`t believe it. It`s been a fairytale.’

Sitting bottom of the League One table before the season really turned around, Winnall admitted that few probably saw the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win, let alone the Play Offs, coming at that point of the campaign.

‘I`ve been there during the bad times and we`ve had to really rally together. I think that`s what`s made winning at Wembley so sweet, knowing that seven or eight months ago we were worrying about relegation and we`ve been promoted. It`s ridiculous but we`re certainly going to enjoy this and we`re going to enjoy our summer and come back raring to go next year.’

As for next season more specifically, he went on to say.

‘I`d back myself to score goals at any level. I know that if chances are created then I`ll score goals. The players that I`m playing with at the moment are creating my chances for me and my job is to put it in the back of the net. I`m really looking forward to the challenge. It`s a really tough league next season the Championship but that`s where we want to be as players. We want to be at the highest level possible and the next step for us is the Championship.’

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