Jordan Williams has now passed 150 appearances for the Reds and feels he is growing into the captaincy role.

The 24-year-old is, along with Callum Styles, Barnsley’s longest-serving player having signed back in 2018.

The leadership role is one he has taken on this year with some relish and he has regularly worn the captain’s armband.

The former Huddersfield Town man said he has learned from more experienced players over his time at Oakwell and that he is still learning what makes a good skipper.

He told the Chronicle: “I think you try and pinch a bit off everyone, it’s not just the captains I think there’s people who aren’t captains who have good leadership qualities or good attributes that maybe you want to take on the pitch.

“It is about taking a bit that you like from someone and then adding it to yourself.

“That’s the main thing. I think it’s about not changing around what you do, the main thing is staying true to yourself and what you believe in.

“If you see something which is good and is going to benefit you and benefit the group then it’s about taking it on board and trying to use that in the right way.”

Barnsley’s policy of signing predominantly young players has yielded good results on the whole.

Williams, while still young in football terms, is now a senior statesman at Oakwell.

He says the dynamic of experienced players working alongside younger ones remains an interesting one – even if he has graduated to being the teacher himself.

He added: “I think that’s the good thing about this club, the young lads are coming through.

“Even though I’m still classed as a young player, at Barnsley I’m not, which is weird, but it’s about how you use that and how you pass it on to the young lads.”