Reds boss Danny Wilson is likely to give all NINE of his new players a run out at some stage in today’s final pre-season friendly against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Wilson has worked hard over the last few weeks to strengthen his previously threadbare squad following the loss of key players during the summer.
But the Reds are now sitting in a much a healthier position with the new League One season just a week away.
Former Watford centre-back Reece Brown and ex-Cambridge United midfielder Luke Berry have both bought into Wilson’s blueprint for success, two of three signings this week at Oakwell.
And so has Hull City left-back Joe Dudgeon, who has joined the club on an initial one-month loan spell. Keepers Adam Davies and Ross Turnbull, midfielders James Bailey and Conor Hourihane, as well as strikers Kane Hemmings and Sam Winnall make up the new-look Reds’ squad.
And Brown, who has joined the Reds on a one-year deal with the option of a further year, is optimistic about the season ahead.
“It’s a young group and the lads have been great with me since I’ve been here,” said Brown, the younger brother of former Manchester United defender Wes.
“I just can’t wait to get going now, I want to get some games under my belt now I’ve left Watford.
“The manager has told me to keep working hard and if I do that I’ll get my rewards and the hard work will pay off.
“Hopefully I can keep doing that in training and play as many games as I can.”
A view shared by new striker Winnall who, alongside former Cowdenbeath hitman Hemmings, is expected to score the bulk of the goals this season.
“I look to score every game – and I expect myself to score every game,” Winnall told The Star. “I don’t set myself targets because that policy worked for me last season and I’m going to adopt the same policy again.”
Meanwhile teenage midfielder Brad Abbott has signed a new two-year deal.