Barnsley: John Stones a top-flight talent

Ambitious: John Stones wants to play in the top flight one day but is happy with life at Barnsley
Ambitious: John Stones wants to play in the top flight one day but is happy with life at Barnsley

BARNSLEY’s brightest young star, John Stones, is tipped for stardom.

But for now the talented teenager is committed to helping keep the club in the Championship.

Stones has attracted plenty of interest this season from a number of clubs, with three Premier League sides having made initial enquiries about buying the player.

Fulham, Wigan and Southampton have all made contact with Barnsley about potentially signing the 18-year-old in the transfer window, while Sunderland and Stoke City have also be linked with the former Academy scholar, although the club have said there’s been no contact from either of them.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Stones revealed: “I’d love to play in the Premier League one day, every player dreams about doing that.

“The Premier League is regarded as the best league in the world, so it would be amazing if I got the chance to play there one day.

“It’s very flattering that some Premier League clubs have shown an interest in me, but right now all I want to do is concentrate on playing for Barnsley.

“I’ve been a Barnsley player all my life and I’m just focusing on playing for the club at the moment.

“This season has gone so well for me and I’ve really enjoyed it. I really have just taken things one game at a time – and that’s worked well for me.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but if a Premier League club did come in for me then it would be a very big decision for me. I’m still very young and I’d have to consider a lot of things, but right now I want to stay at Barnsley. I’ve signed a deal until 2015 and I’m happy.”

The Star understands the Reds would consider selling Stones, for around £1.5 million, so long as he was able to return and play on loan until the end of the season.

New Reds boss David Flitcroft would love to keep Stones.

Flitcroft said: “He’s a player we can’t get off the training ground and out of the gym. He works so hard and deserves his opportunity this season He’s gutsy, resilient and determined to be successful. “He’s got quality.”