Under Pedro Caixinha at Rangers, Jamie Barjonas was comfortable- but he’s now wanting to challenge himself in his latest loan stint at Partick Thistle.
The midfielder has moved to Thistle from Rangers until the end of the season. It follows on from previous loan stints at Bury and Raith Rovers, making 19 appearances at the latter last term.
Whilst he’s been in and around the Gers senior side, Barjonas has never become a regular. He made a handful of cameos under Caixinha but few have came his way since.
It’s led him to Maryhill for more minutes. He’ll need to make an impact too, with the Jags currently bottom of the Championship following a 2-1 defeat to Arbroath, in which the Gers youngster made his debut.
Something has clicked for Barjonas in recent times and he insists he’s eager to hit the ground running after perhaps getting a bit comfortable for a period at Rangers.
“It’s the right time to get out looking for playing time,” said Barjonas. “The last six months have been really good for my development and I have made the step up to the first team, trained with the likes of Steven Davis and Ryan Jack every day is really good for my development.
“But I had a chat with the gaffer and we agreed it was time to go out and get some games. It’s a good squad we have got. Hopefully I can push the midfielders here to be better players and they can push me too.
“We are all in it together and want to achieve stuff this season. On a personal note when I made the breakthrough I was really enjoying myself but it kind of just spiralled out.
“I had a couple of loan moves which didn’t go as well as I would have wanted. Some of that was out of my hands with money and stuff but Raith Rovers was a really positive loan for me. I got a lot of game time there.
“It was hard. Physically and mentally my head wasn’t 100 per cent in it. But the last six months I have been really able to get my head down. The penny has dropped. I got my body into a good shape and that really helped get me into the first team.
“I maybe got a wee bit too comfortable. I was making quite a few appearances under Pedro and maybe you could say I got a bit too comfortable. Like I said the penny has certainly dropped and I’m the fittest I have ever been. I’m raring to get going.”