Peter Ramage believes he can be part of something special at Barnsley.
But the Crystal Palace loan defender knows the Reds have got to start performing better if they are going to stand any chance of challenging at the top half of the table.
In fact Ramage believes “consolidation” is now the key after a string of inconsistent results has left the Reds lingering in 17th place in the table.
“We’ve got to try and get into the play-offs this season, but we know it’s going to be tough because there’s a lot of good teams in this league,” admitted Ramage.
“There’s a lot of experienced teams in this division, probably whom have more experience than what we’ve got in our squad.
“But hopefully the ability and raw talent we do have will help us climb the table. We need that kick to push on.
“We’re just going to see how we go and take every game as it comes. It’s a cliché, but that’s what we’ve got to do.
“We want to finish as high as we possibly can and, if we do make the play-offs, then great.
“But it’s more a case of consolidation this season and then hopefully we can build on that next season.”
And Ramage has revealed he is hopeful of a permanent move to the club. The experienced centre-back has extended his loan with the Reds until the end of the season.
But the 31-year-old sees no future at Selhurst Park when his contract expires this summer, so he’s looking for a new deal.
“I’m here until the end of the season, but hopefully there might be something long-term,” said Ramage.
“They’re discussions which are not for right not, they’re for the future.
“But the club are trying to build something and we all know it’s not going to happen over night.
“However, hopefully I can be a part of that change. I’m settled here and I like what the manager [Danny Wilson] is trying to do. I want to be a part of it.”
The Reds host Yeovil Town on Saturday in their next match in Legaue One – and Ramage expects a “tough” ask at Oakwell.
“It’s going to be massive game against a top team,” he added.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, but hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and come away with a victory.”
Meanwhile, the Reds’ postponed away clash with Scunthorpe United has been moved to Tuesday 24th February at Glanford Park.
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