JAMIE Barjonas has called Rangers “a positive place to be right now” after signing a one year contract extension, taking him until 2021 at Ibrox.
The 20-year-old was moved up permanently to Steven Gerrard’s first-team this summer and says he is already seeing huge signs of development working under the manager and his coaching staff.
Barjonas spent time on loan at Bury FC and Raith Rovers last season before returning to the Gers for 2019/20 and he says he has worked hard for his new status at the club.
Speaking to RangersTV he smiled: “This season has been good for me, I had a strong pre-season so the gaffer moved me up to the first-team and I am really enjoying every minute of it.
“To get the contract signed and stay for another year is brilliant for me and my family.
“This was a massive pre-season for me; I worked really hard in the off-season so coming back in June I had got my body in really good physical shape.
“I knew that technically I was good enough so it was just about the fitness and the body fat side of things so I had done really well.
“I think coming back into this squad has really helped me because it is a big squad but it is almost like it is one big family.
“Everyone helps everyone because we all want to achieve the same goal this season and it’s a really positive place to be right now.
“I think it’s because everyone knows that they’re fighting for a position so the standard of training is very high every day.
“I think everyone helps each other, there are no bad eggs in the group, there are always positive vibes and that goes all the way through to the staff as well.
“Just at the minute it is a really good place to be and we’re all, as Niko (Katic) said, trying to achieve something special this season.”
Barjonas makes up a young group within Steven Gerrard’s squad who are continuing to grow under the guidance of senior pros.
But the midfielder also puts his new maturity down to a large part of last season living away from home for the first time, whilst on loan at Bury.
He continued: “Training with the likes of Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and the likes of Jermain Defoe, who are real senior pros, I think that is really helping me in my development personally.
“You want to be playing football but being able to train with this team and learn under the likes of Steven Gerrard and Mick Beale, has really helped me with my development this season.
“The coaching staff take a lot of time in training with you, so there are always there if you want to talk to them about anything. I think personally they have helped me improve my game, even just little bits of my game.
“I think the second-half of the season was more beneficial for me than the first at Bury. I struggled a bit at Bury for the first six months but even the experience of going away and living by myself and I think that helped me a lot because I was only 19.
“The second half of the season at Raith I played every game and it was a lot better, I had a really good time at Raith.
“I knew that would help me a lot coming back this season and it has made me a better person and a better player overall.”