BARNSLEY: Hill likes the shape of things to come

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has been delighted with the club’s first couple of days of pre-season training.

The Reds’ first-team squad returned to duty on Wednesday for the first of three days of training at Oakwell before they jet to Marbella on Sunday for an intensive week-long training camp.

And the two training sessions so far have given Hill the chance to see his four new summer signings in action with the club’s preparations for the forthcoming season now in full swing.

“It’s gone superbly, we’re in front of where I thought we’d be,” Hill told The Star. “The players had a tough training schedule over the summer and they’ve come back really fit, especially the young lads.

“I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen. The players look physically better and the young players like Paul Digby, Danny Rose, Jordan Clark and Jone Stones have come back looking in magnificent shape.

“Those four players, who I regard as four of our best youngsters, are no longer squad-fillers. The hard work they did last season and during the summer has really helped them put themselves in the frame for this season.

New players Jacob Mellis, Kelvin Etuhu, Ben Alnwick and Mido have all sampled life at Oakwell, but Hill admits the foursome still have work to do to reach the fitness levels of the others.