BARNSLEY goalkeeper Luke Steele is ready to push himself to the limit to maintain his position as the club’s No 1.
Reds boss Keith Hill swooped to sign Tottenham Hotspur shot-stopper Ben Alnwick on a two-year deal shortly before the club jetted out to this week’s intensive training camp here in Benahavis, Marbella.
And Steele has seen close-up just what Alnwick is capable with the duo having trained together every day since they returned for pre-season.
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“It’s all healthy competition, the best keeper should play,” said Steel.
“Ben and Lukas [Lidakevicius] are both going to push me – and hopefully I’ll push them so we all get the best out of each other.
“Whovever is doing the better at the time should play, and I’m sure that’s what will happen.
“Ben has fitted in really well, he’s a top man and we’ve trained together every day so far.
“I’ve swapped one Geordie for another with David Preece going, but he [Ben] seems like a really nice lad. He’s hard-working and that’s good.”
Steele has been a regular in the Reds starting line-up for the last three seasons with Lithuanian Lidakevicius and David Preece having struggled to force the former the Manchester United ace from between the posts.
And the 27-year-old has been embracing training in the sun here at their picturesque southern Spanish coast.
“The lads are doing some ballwork, but there’s been a lot of running. It’s time to get the lungs open and really get fitter,” stressed Steele.
“We’ve been getting sharpness back in and it all helps. We came here last year and was a massive success. We’re lucky to have these facilities to train on.
“It’s been eat, sleep, work and swim, and then eat, sleep, work and swim. It’s been very warm and very hard, but we’re here to work.”