The Reds Gaffer caught up with barnsleyfc.co.uk this afternoon to give his immediate thoughts on the release of the 2017/18 fixture list.
The Reds’ opening game of the season sees us travel south to Bristol and lock horns with a familiar face in Lee Johnson on Saturday 5th August (3:00pm).
The Robins are about to embark on their third consecutive Sky Bet Championship campaign and Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom is excited about the prospect.
He told barnsleyfc.co.uk: “We can’t wait to get started.
"The release of the new fixtures is always a key date in both fans and coaches diaries alike.
“Obviously, we’re hoping to start the campaign as best we can, and as always we’ll be going out there to win.
“Although I’m sure that we won’t be the only Club in the division hoping for an opening day victory, and I've no doubt that Lee will be looking for that good start too."
Games against Ipswich Town (home), Nottingham Forest (home), Sheffield United (away) and Sunderland (home) immediately follow and Hecky added: “We play everybody twice, and we'll take each game as it comes.
"But I’m pleased to have three home games in the opening month, four if we count the cup tie against Morecambe. Results from those games will hopefully give us a platform to take in to the remainder of the season. A good start is massive.
“Having Preston here on Boxing Day is favourable. It’s always nice to be at home over the Christmas period.
“And of course our fans will be looking towards the Yorkshire derbies and we as staff know how much these games mean to the fans and the players will be made aware of that, don't you worry about that!"
With the fixtures now released for the 2017/18 Season, you can download each game at your convenience straight into your calendar, on your phone or computer by clicking HERE.
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