CAULEY Woodrow says ‘my future is here’ and hopes Barnsley’s team can be kept together for next season.
The 26-year-old scored the Reds’ goal in a 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Saturday, which meant they lost their play-off semi-final 2-1.
Woodrow netted 15 goals this season and has 49 in total for Barnsley which is the highest tally of any player in the 21st century.
He has two years left on his contract but has been the target of approaches by other clubs in the recent past.
Woodrow told the Chronicle: “My future is here and I am fully focused on this club at the minute. I have scored a lot of goals since I’ve come here and I will look to continue that. I don’t know about any interest in me.”
Several of Woodrow’s team-mates are also expected to attract interest this summer. He has seen the likes of Ethan Pinnock, Liam Lindsay, Kieffer Moore and Jacob Brown sold. Woodrow said: “If we can keep everyone together it would be nice but football doesn’t always work like that. If we can add a few players, we can have another go and see where we end up. We know (Daryl) Dike is on loan and he’ll probably go back to Orlando.
“We want to keep everyone together with no disruptions. We’re in a good place at the moment.”
He added: “There’s a lot to be proud of and it’s probably changed my thought process in the future really, what we can achieve in the future as a team.”
Woodrow is proud to have been part of a Reds side that reached the play-off semi-final. He said: “Last season, we stayed up on the final day and everyone was writing us off but this season we got into the play-offs with practically the same squad which is remarkable. When we take a step back and have a look we can be very proud.”
He was devastated to miss out to Swansea. He said: “It was really fine margins. They scored unbelievable goals in both legs. In the first leg we had chances and in the second leg we had a few shots which, on another day, they go in. Credit to Swansea for getting the job done. I can’t really remember them having loads of chances over the two legs. But they have scored two worldies and our chances haven’t gone in.”