BARNSLEY: Up Hill as Oakwell chief Keith looks to down Dale

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is licking his lips at a mouth-watering showdown with his former club Rochdale to kick off the new season.

The Reds have drawn Dale in the first round of the Capital One Carling Cup, with the tie to be played at Spotland on Tuesday August 14.

Hill, who guided the club to promotion to League One for the first time in 41 years, can’t wait to lock horns with his former employers.

The two clubs last met in the Carling Cup in 2010 when Hill guided Dale to a 1-0 win over the Reds at Oakwell.

“It couldn’t have been a better draw,” said Hill. “I really can’t wait; it’s an exciting draw.

“I’ve great memories from my time there. Me and Flicker [assistant boss David Flticroft] still have good friends there.”

The Star can also confirm that the Reds are keen to sign Egypt international striker Mido. Mido is now a free agent having been released from his contract at Egyptian club Zamalek following a fallout with the team’s manager.