Despite only making his league bow away at Brentford on the final day of the 2017/18 campaign, the young midfielder has been a regular feature for Nigel Adkins’ side this term, racking up 29 appearances in all competition – all but two of which came in the league.
“It’s been great for me,” said Batty. “I’ve learnt so much throughout the season and I’m just delighted to have got as much game-time as I have. I didn’t expect to play as many games so I’m happy.
“Along with everyone else in the squad, I’ve worked hard and it’s nice to have had some reward for that.
“Credit to the gaffer for believing in me. He’s given me the opportunity to go and play. He’s worked with me and put his trust in me.
“He’s made me work hard and that’s what I enjoy doing. Hopefully, I’ve done alright by him.
“I think I’ve done well for the team. I’ve enjoyed being part of the first-team set-up and I’ve been pleased with the progress I’ve made on and off the pitch.”
Reflecting on the team front, which saw Nigel Adkins’ side finish 13th in the Sky Bet Championship table, Batty added: “We’ve had some hard times as a team but we’ve had good times as well.
“It was a great little run mid-season and, overall, we’ve done well. Obviously, we would’ve liked to have finished a little higher than we did in the table but it has to go down as a good season for us all considering where we were back in October – bottom of the league.
“Thankfully we managed to get ourselves away from trouble on the back of our good form in December and January. It’s been a long season though, so it’ll be nice to have a little break now.”