Fishing fan out to land regular Reds starting role

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Tomasz Cywka took himself away for a spot of fishing over the summer.

And the Polish wing wizard returned to Barnsley to land himself a new one-year contract at the Championship club.

Cywka is a Reds player through and through and, despite finding his opportunities limited last season, the former Wigan ace is quietly confident he can secure a regular starting berth this term.

“Hopefully, yes, I’d love to be playing every game,” Cywka told The Star. “I really enjoyed it last season, but I know it’s going to be hard to play every game.

“There’s going to be good competition for places, but that’s the challenge.

“I was really proud of what we achieved last season. We couldn’t believe what happened on that final day.

“The last game was crazy. It was so important we stayed in this division because it’s given us the chance to build for this season.

“It was huge for everyone staying up. In the second part of the season we showed how really strong we are as a team.

“Hopefully we can take the momentum we got from those last 20 games and take that into the new season.”

The drama was too much for Cywka after a nerve-racking finish, so as soon as the season was over he returned to his native Poland to spend time with his family and to relax with his favourite pasttime - fishing.

“I went fishing with my friends and chilled out, it was nice to reflect on what we’d achieved,” added Cywka.

“I spent some nice time with all my family and really enjoyed the time off. But now I just can’t wait for the season to start.”

And, ironically, it’s Cywka’s former club, Wigan, who the Reds face in their first game of the new season.

“I’ve still got some good friends at Wigan,” revealed Cywka. “I still know a few of the staff there who were really helpful when I first moved over Poland.

“I knew I was signing for Wigan six months before I did, so I had time to learn English and the club also really helped me with that.

“I’m really looking forward to playing them; we’re at home and it should be a great game.

“Wigan are a strong club, but if we could beat them that would be a great start to the season for us. It would really get things going.”

And what about personal targets for the likeable winger.

“Well, I scored five goals last season, so I’d like to improve on that this season,” he said. “But as long as we’re winning and playing well, then I’ll be happy.”