STAN TERNENT put his Town players through their paces in front of fans at the Galpharm and beamed: “I’m delighted with the way they’re shaping up.”
The public training session formed part of the club’s open evening, with fans getting their first chance to see the side in match action at Bury, who are giving a trial to Galpharm old boy Danny Racchi, a week today.
It’s the first of six friendlies culminating in the centenary match at home to Arsenal on Wednesday, August 6.
Town kick off their League I campaign back at the Galpharm against promoted Stockport County the Saturday after.
Boss Ternent said: “Everything we’re doing now is geared towards Stockport.
“It’s early days, but I’m delighted with the way the players have responded to what we’ve asked of them so far.
“We’ve had Paul Dunn and Andy Kiwomya doing specialist fitness work with them, and myself, Ronnie (Jepson) and Mick (Docherty) the football stuff.”
Further good news is that new physio Ian Liversedge hasn’t had to treat any problem injuries so far.
“Other than a few aches, which is only to be expected, we’ve done well so far,” explained Ternent.
“We might not be playing games, but we’re still asking quite a lot of the lads physically, so injuries can happen.”
Barnsley are close to landing former Town frontman Jon Stead.