IRISH wing-back Barry Cotter said he enjoyed his spell as the ‘number nine’ against Bradford City – and admitted that the only position on the pitch he’s yet to play in is goalkeeper.
The 24-year-old scored in back-to-back games against both the Bantams and Lincoln City – bringing his tally for the season to four goals and three assists.
And he’s hoping to improve on those figures in the coming games.
He said: “I wanted to come to a place where I’d have a bit more freedom. I wouldn’t say I’m shy on the pitch for expressing myself – I do enjoy beating a man. But I also enjoy the art of defending. You have to take all the positives. The big ‘C’ word, consistency, is key.”
Cotter has been fighting with fellow wing-back Corey O’Keeffe for his starting position on the right this season – and he’s relishing the opportunity to fight for his place.
“Our wing-backs are unbelievable,” he said.
“They can play anywhere – I think that we’re all contributing.
“Whoever is wearing the jersey wants to do their best.
“I love Corey on and off the pitch.
“I think he’s a great player and a great guy. We know we’ve come to a club that is only heading in one direction. I know he’s a good player and he says I’m a good player.
“If you join a club as big as Barnsley then there’s always going to be competition.”
Cotter replaced Barnsley’s number nine Sam Cosgrove in the latter stages of the Bristol Street Motors tie against Bradford last week – and it’s not the first time he’s been thrown into a position on the pitch in a different position.
“I’d say I’ve hit the nail on the head as a right wing-back,” he added.
“I’m probably a bit too big and aggressive for a winger.
“I think it has suited me.
“I don’t know how I found myself as a number nine (against Bradford).
“I’ve played many positions growing up – the only position I haven’t played in a professional game is goalkeeper. I’m one of those that just wants to be on the pitch and do my best when I’m out there.”