Hill salutes ‘magnificent’ Reds work ethic

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill and his squad fly home today after an intensive week-long training camp in Spain.

Now it’s two more hard days of training before a journey up to Edinburgh to play Hibernian in their first pre-season fixture.

The Reds’ squad, which included Hill’s seven new summer signings, have been put through their paces in Benvista near Marbella, with fitness and ball work the order of the day. And for Hill, and his assistant boss David Flitcroft, the camp has provided them with a “great insight” into the squad.

“There will be players who can’t meet my demands, but as a group they have been magnificent,” said Hill. “We’ve had a great insight into those we’ve inherited and players we have brought to the club. From a training purpose it has been great and, from an education perspective, we have been able to see how players want to train, how they used to train, and for us to get over our expectations of them.

“It’s been a great week in respect of finding out the team dynamics and getting the new players settled into the squad.”

Hill is still hoping to add two new players to his squad before the season kicks off.

But for now the former Rochdale boss has been pleased with the “bonding” which has gone on as he and Flitcroft look craft their own identity on the squad.

“It’s been a great week to bond and for me to get to know the players - and for them to get to know me” added Hill.

“The week we have had away has helped to get to know each other individually, not just on the training field, but at dinner and social times.

“When they are tired we see their character weaknesses and strengths. We can see whether they can take the demands put on them.

“It has been a key week for myself, Flicker and the staff - and a key week for the players.”