Irish Daily Mirror



Huddersfie­ld Burnley kick-off, 8pm


HUDDERSFIE­LD insist they can hit the heights again this season – after going climbing in a team-bonding exercise.

The Terriers were last term’s surprise package, marching all the way to third place before play-off final heartache.

But it has been all change, with

Danny Schofield (above) promoted to the top job after Carlos Corberan quit.

Huddersfie­ld also sold Lewis O’brien and Harry Toffolo to Nottingham Forest, who beat them at Wembley, and the Yorkshirem­en face a tough ask to improve on their impressive campaign.

But defender Josh Ruffels (below) insists their spirits have soared following the teambuildi­ng exercise, including a 40ft climbing tower and rope activities at their St George’s Park training camp.

Ruffels said: “Last season was no fluke and we want to prove we are not a one-season wonder. It came from hard work and togetherne­ss, so why can’t we do it again?

“We had a week at St George’s Park, which was good. I wasn’t too bad actually at the climbing.

“Duane Holmes was really good, but our keeper Giosue Bellagambi was awful – he got halfway up and started screaming. But we all really enjoyed it.”

Boss Schofield, who will keep the same style and shape from Corberan’s reign for tonight’s opening game against Burnley, added: “The teambuildi­ng was a really good day and they united together properly.

“I definitely wanted to build on the successes and principles we had last season. It is going to be a challenge, but one we are all willing to go at.” HUDDERSFIE­LD: Nicholls, Turton, Pearson, Lees, Ruffles, Russell, Hogg, Koroma, Holmes, Thomas, Ward

BURNLEY: Muric, Roberts, Long, Harwoodbel­lis, Taylor, Brownhill, Cullen, Cork, Twine, Rodriguez, Barnes

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