BARNSLEY keeper Luke Steele is looking forward to going back to school.
The former Manchester United shotstopper and the rest of the Reds squad jet to Spain tomorrow for an intensive week-long training camp.
And the 26-year-old expects the trip to be similar to his first day at school when he got to meet his new classmates.
“Early doors it’s like going back to school a little bit because we’re all getting to meet the new players,” Steele told The Star.
“We’ve got quite a few new players, so it’s exciting to see what they’ve got and we’re all looking forward to getting to know them better.
“I’ve only met them briefly, but they all seem good lads and I’m sure we’ll all get to know each other better on this trip. We’re going to be living in each others pockets, training together, eating together, which will be good for team bonding.
“It’s good to be going away like this.
“We all know it’s going to be hard and we’re going to get a really good sweat on, but that’s great preparation for the start of next season and for our friendly matches.”
Steele and fellow keeper David Preece, who recently signed a new one-year deal at the club, have both been training with new goalkeeping coach Ian Wilcox, formerly of Rochdale and Bury, in pre-season so far.
And Steele is excited about working further with Wilcox and the club’s new management team as the preparations for the new season get into full flow.
“It’s exciting for everyone, training has already been quite a bit different to last season,” added Steele. “The new manager is pretty vocal whereas Mark Robins was probably a little bit more reserved.
“But the manager hasn’t spoken about targets yet; there’s a long way to go before the start of the season.
“The managers has signed quite a few new players and, although they’re probably not big-name signings, he obviously believes in their ability and that they can do a job.