Last season’s reserve top scorer is well aware of the importance of making an impact if he gets his chance in first team friendlies.
He did just that last term with our first and last goals of the season in friendlies against Falkenbergs FF in July and Mauritius in May.
However, his pre-season last time around was cruelly cut short by injury in the third match of the Swedish training camp. Barney was looking sharp when he fell awkwardly on his shoulder against Trollhattans FF - the result, a broken collar bone.
Once fit, he made amends. Bolstered by loan spells at Leyton Orient and Northampton, Lee scored 17 goals in 17 appearances at reserve level.
That was enough for another contract at the club and he’s raring to go again.
“Pre-season is very important,” stated the 22-year-old. “Last season I scored in the first friendly, felt good and sharp in training and then broke my collar bone in the last game in Sweden.
“Hopefully I’ll get another chance and that’s when I can prove myself.
“My chances have been limited but when I’ve had an opportunity I feel I’ve done well. I’m a lot more confident now, I feel stronger and I’m always looking for goals.
“I’ve worked hard throughout the summer and I’m raring to go. Last season went well for me and I can’t wait for next season.”
Lee Barnard is counting down the days to the start of pre-season training.