Barnsley: No where to hide for Reds players

Marc Roberts has been put on a special fitness programme by the Reds
Marc Roberts has been put on a special fitness programme by the Reds
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Reds boss Lee Johnson wants his players to come back fighting fit for next season.

And Johnson won’t tolerate any excuses if his players are not up to scratch.

Every player has been given a specific training programme to adhere to over a long summer break.

But there will be no excuses for not being at the required fitness levels Johnson demands when the squad convene for the first day of pre-season training on 30th June.

“All of the players have got programmes they need to follow,” Johnson told The Star.

“They’re individual programmes and, on two different occasions during the summer, they’ve got to come in to the club and for check points so we can see how they’re doing.

“We’ll check things like body fats and lots of other things which will tell us how hard they’re working.

“The players need a good break over the summer, but they all know they need to professional and come back fit for next season.”

Johnson joked: “A lot of the players will go on holidays and relax, so it’s just to check they don’t have too many Banana Monkeys or Pina Coladas!

“Some of the boys will go all-inclusive, so we’ll just have to watch them that bit more closely.”

Johnson recruited former Halifax Town centre-back and free agent Marc Roberts last week on a three-year deal.

And the defender has already been put on a strict fitness programme to kept him up to speed with his new League One teammates.

“Marc was a quite a bit behind where we need him to be, so he’s been out on a special programme,” revealed Johnson. “He’s an ambitious lad and I’m sure he’ll work hard to get up to speed.

“I want all my players to come back at their optimum fitness levels I readiness for pre-season. They’ll be no excuses if they’re not.”

Meanwhile, the club have yet to confirm all of their pre-season friendlies but more fixtures are expected to be in the coming weeks with Johnson’s squad looking to hit the ground running.