BARNSLEY director Don Rowing is relishing the new season, especially Yorkshire derby clashes with promoted Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town.
The Owls and the Terriers will both be plying their trade in the Championship next season and Rowing believes the four matches represent a chance for Reds fans to get “turned on”.
“It’s great Sheffield Wednesday are back in the division and Huddersfield as well, they’ve been knocking on the door for while,” Rowing told The Star.
“It’s a shame Sheffield United didn’t get promoted as well, but there was only going to be one team from them or Huddersfield.
“Hopefully they and Doncaster come back up next season. Derby matches are usually good financially for both clubs and generate a lot of interest.
“Derby games get the home supporters turned on, you always look forward to them.
Reds boss Keith Hill added: “It’s great for everyone, especially the players.
“It’s great because you don’t need to motivate the players, if you can’t get up for derby matches then you shouldn’t be playing.
“It’s a chance to show pride in your performance and give your supporters bragging rights.”
The Reds kick off their season in the Carling Cup against Hill’s former club, Rochdale, on Tuesday 14 August.
And Hill admits he’ll be “nervous” going back to his club having not been returned to Spotland since he left last summer having brought unparalleled success to the club.
“I’m looking forward to it, but I’ll probably be nervous,” admitted Hill. “I’ve not been back through choice, but I’ve still got a lot of friends at the club.
“I did a great job there, I was there for four and a half years, but I don’t know how the fans will respond to me going back.
“It will be a little bit strange, but I want a good run in the cups this season, so it would be nice to start the season with a good win.”