Joe Lolley is confident Huddersfield Town can “really kick on” next season.
The 24-year-old is contracted to the John Smith’s Stadium club until 2019, with Town having the option of adding another year.
And he’s confident he can thrive under head coach David Wagner.
“The gaffer has given me opportunities to play which maybe I didn’t get under previous managers,” said Lolley.
“He has shown faith in me and confidence and allowed me to express myself.
“I’m feeling more confident on the pitch and that’s helped me massively – and he’s given that confidence to everyone, too, which is helping the team massively as well.”
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Signed from Kidderminster Harriers for £300,000 in January 2014, Lolley says he’s enjoying his football more than ever.
“I’m happy to play on the left or at 10, but I prefer to play on the right,” said the skilful left-foot ace.
“To be honest, I haven’t set myself any targets, although I would have liked to have scored more than the four goals I have already.
“I realise my role in the team includes getting the ball a bit more in deeper positions and trying to set things up, so it’s not all about goals – but I do want as many goals and assists as I can to help the team.
“As long as we are winning and I’m involved I’m happy – not having a target just keeps the pressure away a bit more – and I think the way the gaffer wants us to play suits most of our players, because we just like to get on the ball and play.
“I’m really enjoying it. Instead of going home at the weekend thinking I haven’t done anything and not feeling part of it, I’m playing games.
“And I definitely think next year could be a big one for us.
“We still have work to do to see out this season, but I think the gaffer is creating a foundation and next year we could really kick on.”
Lolley would have preferred to have gone straight into the Sheffield Wednesday home game after the spectacular win at Leeds.
“It’s a shame about the international break because it would have been good to keep the momentum,” he said.
“But with no Christmas break and playing through to now, it’s been pretty relentless for a lot of us so it’s nice to have had a bit of a break and to relax, and we can get back to it next week.”