Ahead of another gruelling session in the French sun, we caught up with hotshot striker Cauley Woodrow to get his thoughts on pre-season so far.
With pre-season training in full swing - the Reds have spent the last week in France, using the facilities of Ligue 1 club OGC Nice - Woodrow spoke to us about a positive atmosphere in camp as preparations for the new season continue.
“Yeah it’s been good out here,” last season’s 19-goal forward told us.
“We are getting to grips with training again, meeting all the new players we’ve added. It’s been a really positive trip, there’s a good atmosphere among the group.
“Everyone is looking fit and strong. We’re just eager to get going again, but planning and fitness is key before the games begin.”
The former Fulham striker has been in good form in front of goal during pre-season.
He’s bagged five goals in the two fixtures played so far, but explains that whilst it’s nice to carry on his good form, it’s about getting fit so that he’s raring to go once August is upon us.
Woodrow stated: “It’s nice to start off where I finished last season I suppose, getting amongst the goals again. But it’s about the fitness really, these are just opportunities to sharpen up before the real stuff kicks off.
“We know what the Gaffer wants from us. So for most of us it’s about continuing from where we left off last season.”
Prior to the trip to Southern France, the Reds were very busy in the transfer market.
No less than nine players were signed on permanent deals.
Cauley spoke highly of his new teammates.
“They’ve been fine. All of them speak good English despite most of them being from overseas. They all seem really good lads and they’re looking decent out there.
“It’s exciting for everyone, and hopefully they’ll add to what we’ve already got here and do good things for Barnsley.”
As ever, Barnsley look likely to line up with the youngest squad in the country, but former England U21 striker Woodrow believes that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and he points to last season and what was achieved as a perfect example.
“I don’t think age is important.” He explained. “We were the youngest squad in the league last season and it didn’t stop us getting promoted did it?
“The fact we’re all of a similar age it helps in terms of bonding, we get on well and socialise outside the club too. I think the way we played together for the club, the fans, the shirt, it was clear to see last season.
“We’ll stick together again, regardless of age and hopefully we have another positive season.”