Foster aims to avoid relegation scrap
Barnsley's main aim for next season will be to avoid a relegation battle, according to defender Stephen Foster.
The Tykes, who finished this season fourth from bottom, briefly flirted with a play-off challenge before injury to skipper Jacob Butterfield and the sale of both Danny Drinkwater and Ricardo Vaz Te in January.
Then followed by a slump in form that saw Barnsley finish eight points and one place above relegated Portsmouth, who had been deducted 10 points after going into administration.
"We say it every year but the Championship is getting harder and harder and there's lots of huge clubs in there with lots of money," Foster, signed from Burnley in the summer of 2007, told the Barnsley Chronicle.
"It will be harder than ever, but we have a group of lads here who are ready for the challenge. Our initial aim is to avoid relegation but there's no reason why we can't push on further up the league."
Foster, who signed a new one-year contract earlier this month, added: "I never saw it as a doubt that I would sign a new contract. I'm very happy here. I have a lot of feelings for Barnsley Football Club. When I was struggling at Burnley they came in and rescued my career."