Barnsley: New ‘keeper Ben Alnwick sets sights on stealing away Luke’s No 1 position

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NEW Barnsley keeper Ben Alnwick is looking to push Luke Steele hard to become Barnsley’s No 1.

Former Tottenham and Sunderland shot-stopper Alnwick joined the Reds on a free transfer earlier this week and penned a two-year deal to further his career at Oakwell.

Alnwick has spent the past few seasons out on loan trying to get games with regular opportunities limited at Spurs.

But now the 25-year-old is ready to challenge Steele for the first to start between the posts every week.

“It will be good for both of us [me and Luke], pushing each other every day and fighting it out to see who gets the No 1 spot,” said Alnwick.

“You usually find with goalkeepers it’s [the competition] nothing personal, we’re just here to do a job and I think it will be a good challenge for us both. Luke’s a good Championship keeper. He’s a top keeper and he looks good. He’s just got back from injury and he’s trying to get his fitness, so it’s going to be good working with him and competing with him.”

Steele has been the Reds first-choice keeper for the past three seasons and has hardly missed a game in that spell. David Preece found it hard to budge Steele, while Tottenham loan keeper David Button got to play a few games with Steele injured towards the end of last season.

“I’m really happy to be here and I just want to be playing games, that’s all any footballer wants,” added Alnwick.

“I just like saving shots, but I’m good with my feet. I came from an academy at Sunderland where we had Dutch coaches and they wanted the keepers to be good with their feet. The loan moves I’ve had were just to get games. I ended up just training at Tottenham, but there’s no practice like playing in a match. You need match practice.

“The loans were good, but they don’t allow you to get settled and I don’t want to be doing that any more.”