Conor Hourihane spoke to the media ahead of the trip to Ipswich this weekend.
Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane feels the Reds must maintain their positive attitude from last season in order to challenge in the Championship.
Hourihane and his teammates lost one of their final 13 games in all competitions last season and the midfielder hopes they can carry that form into the new campaign.
Hourihane cannot wait for the season to start this weekend and is looking forward to seeing what this level has in store.
“The season has come around quick,” he said. “I didn’t have much time off but we’re all ready to go, pre-season has flown by and now we’ll be preparing for Saturday.
“We have to take what we did last season into this one and keep snowballing it into the Championship and see what the division has in store.
“A lot of us haven’t played at this level before but we have to have that no fear attitude and see what the division throws up.”
Hourihane spent time with the Tractor Boys as a 19-year-old but never made an appearance for the Suffolk side.
Despite this, he is looking forward to returning to Portman Road on the opening day of the season with the Reds.
“It’s funny how it works out and it’s a game I’m looking forward too, especially being a former player of theirs.
“We’d have had to play them at some point but it’s funny that it’s the opening game of the season. I’m hoping to go down and have a good game in front of them.
“We only have a couple of days to go and everything now will be geared towards Ipswich and I’m looking forward to games that really matter,” he added.
Getting off to a good start is something the midfielder feels is important as he is expecting this season to be a challenging one.
He feels it will give the side confidence that they will be able to ride on going forward.
“There’s a great bond still there and that will stand us in good stead, we’ll have to take the rough with the smooth but sure we’ll be fine.
“I believe that we have to go in with the attitude of giving it everything we’ve got and we’ll see where that takes us.
“It’s the old cliché but we have to take it one game at a time but staying up is a big aim but after that, we’ll see.
“It’s important to get off to a good start as it will breathe confidence into a young squad and that will kick us on and I think we’ll have a good year.”
Facing internationals and players that have played at Premier League level is something that the Republic of Ireland midfielder is relishing.
He feels the side must not fear these types of players and must stick to the game plan instilled in them by Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom.
“It’s exciting because you want to test yourself against the best players possible in this league. There are some well-known names in this league and I’m looking forward to testing myself against them.
“We’re going to be structured and well organised with a good team spirit, which has been shown in the last 12 months.
“Hecky has us tuned into every fine detail and that will stand us in good stead," he said.
Watch the full press conference with Conor Hourihane over on Barnsley Player HD.