SAM COSGROVE has had ‘very honest conversations’ with Neill Collins recently about being in and out of the Barnsley side despite contributing goals but has a ‘really great relationship’ with the head coach.

The striker, 27, netted the Reds’ first goals when starting the wins at Fleetwood Town and Wycombe Wanderers but was dropped to the bench for the following fixtures.

Head coach Neill Collins has tended to favour John McAtee against opponents who pass out from the back and the six foot four Cosgrove when he wants a more direct approach.

He started alongside McAtee on Tuesday and assisted his strikepartner.

Cosgrove told the Chronicle: “My confidence is good. It’s taken time but I am feeling fit and strong, understanding what is required from me.

“I have had some really positive and constructive conversations with the manager and have a really great relationship with him.

“I am lucky that we can be honest.

“We have had some very honest conversations recently. As a striker who has been scoring, I expect to start the next game. But I understand why I haven’t.”

He added: “If a game suits my personal style of play, I will play. If not, I know it’s because of that.”

Barnsley now go into the final ten games of the season hoping to finish in the top two.

“We have not slogged this hard all season to let it peter out. It’s an exciting time with big games to look forward to. Hopefully we can be in and around it in the last couple of weeks.”