Ritchie expects more of the same
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andy Ritchie is confident Barnsley will be able to compete at Championship level.
Andy Ritchie is confident Barnsley have sufficient attributes to compete at Championship level this season.
The Tykes earned promotion from League One via a play-off victory over Swansea City and are looking to make an impact in the second tier.
Barnsley boss Ritchie expanded on the qualities of his squad and expects his players to rely on the same traits over the next 12 months.
"We've got decent players," Ritchie told Sky Sports News. "I think we will be okay at that level, but a lot of what we did last season was on real grit, determination and good team spirit.
"We've certainly got that in abundance. I think we'll really need to pull on those attributes once again."
In strengthening his squad for the upcoming challenge, Ritchie has enticed Michael Coulson, Sam Togwell and Michael McIndoe to Oakwell.
Ritchie is happy with his new recruits and is hopeful the upbeat morale which swept The Tykes to promotion will continue to envelope the club for the opening game of the campaign against Cardiff on August 5.
He added: "We have brought in young Michael Coulson. He's one for the future really.
"I was chasing him all last season. It's just coming to fruition that one and took a lot more time than I actually thought.
"We've just brought in Togwell from Crystal Palace, who is a good, young player who can play in defence or midfield.
"This morning we signed Michael McIndoe as well from Doncaster. He gives us a lot of pace and balance down the left-hand side.
"There has been a good atmosphere, which has stayed from the end when we got that great result.
"Hopefully that will keep going right until the start of the season."