BARNSLEY: Mido on target for Reds opening day

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BARNSLEY striker Mido is confident he’s going to be fighting fit for the start of the new season.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough marksman made his Reds’ debut on Tuesday in the club’s 2-1 pre-season victory away to Alfreton Town at the Impact Arena.

But the Egyptian international is playing catch-up with his fitness having missed out on a strict training programme the squad have had to follow since the end of last season.

The 29-year-old, who joined on a free transfer last month, spent a tough week training in Rossendale to improve his fitness.

And with every passing training session and pre-season match under his belt, he feels he’s getting stronger and stronger.

“I’m confident I’ll be ready for the start of the season,” said Mido. “It’s all about getting match fitness.

“I think it [playing against Alfreton] was a good lesson for us and winning was important. I always believe winning is a habit, so it’s good to get used to winning.”

The Reds squad have benefited from an intensive training camp in Marbella and face Rotherham United in the first ever game at the New York Stadium tomorrow

For Mido the week away involved one-on-one work with a fitness specialist. “I’ve been putting in the right work for myself and the club,” he added. “I’m sure in the next couple of weeks I’ll get better and better physically.”