BARNSLEY goalkeeper Luke Steele has expressed his delight at the Reds' ability to keep hold of last season's star performers.

"Every summer the best players usually leave Barnsley and it's hard to build something when that happens," the 28-year-old said.

"The club have done really well to get Martin Cranie and Chris O'Grady. I didn't think that would be possible but I have been proven wrong."

Steele, who's made 194 appearances since joining the Reds in 2008, says there's more positivity around the club than ever before.

"This is the best team spirit I have ever seen. We have a lot of unfinished business from last season and we want to kick on."

The Reds start their campaign on August 3 at home to Wigan Athletic.