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Barnsley Was My Turning Point - Golbourne

Lee Johnson isn’t the only man returning to Oakwell tomorrow (3pm kick-off), as Scott Golbourne prepares to tread a similar path.

City Academy product Golbourne spent 18 months at Barnsley between 2012 and 2013, and just like his head coach at Ashton Gate, tomorrow represents his first time back at the Tykes’ South Yorkshire home.

For Golbourne – who departed Premier League-bound Reading for Exeter City before moving to Oakwell – he sees his time at Barnsley as the “turning point” of his career.

“I enjoyed my time at Barnsley,” he told Bristol City Player HD.

“There’s a few of us going back; obviously the gaffer and Browny (Josh Brownhill) as well.

“It was my first real introduction to the Championship. It was a step up that I needed and a good platform to operate on.

“We had a good side at the time. We escaped relegation narrowly in the last 30 seconds of the season. I look back on it as a turning point in my career, really developing my game.

“I’m sure the reception I’ll get will be decent and I’m looking forward to it. Perhaps it might be more mixed for the gaffer!

“It’s another chance for us to go and get some points on the board and I’m enjoying it at the moment.

“It will be a tough game on the road and we’ll need a good performance but we’ll prepare ourselves for it.”

He added: “In this league you need a good defensive unit, high energy and regular goals, then you’ll do well.

“I think we’re set up well by the gaffer and we’ve got the makings to be successful. We’ve got a hungry group of lads that are beginning to gel and I think we’re contenders.”