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Second season syndrome not a problem for Terriers

Monday, February 10th, 2014

549754330After last season’s heart stopping final day, where at one point Huddersfield Town were going down with 57 points, this season is by far a more enjoyable experience!

Manager Mark Robins is showing himself to be a very adept manager, making some quality signings while also making good tactical decisions and substitutions to affect games. The recent 1-0 win against FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic showed his acumen as a manager. With his side being overrun, he took off Nakhi Wells and brought on Danny Ward, thus changing his attack from two strikers to one, and bringing the wingers into the game. Five minutes from time, a stunning strike from Adam Clayton sealed the points, and cemented Town’s place in midtable.

As for his transfer dealings, Robins has made some exciting signings, most notably that of Bradford City starlet Wells. The 23-year-old has been a key part of The Bantams’ revival in recent seasons, playing a pivotal part in their sensational League Cup run and playoff Promotion last season. He has cost Town an “undisclosed club record fee” (our previous record is £1.2m) and has made a decent start to life in the Blue & White, scoring in his first two appearances and showing signs of his potential.

Also joining in the winter window is Joe Lolley, the forward widely regarded as the hottest prospect in non league football. Signed from Kidderminster for £250,000 plus add-ons, he is definitely one for the future. He turned down Peterborough United to move to West Yorkshire, and when you consider Posh’s track record with non league players, Town fans should be very excited about this young man.

Of course, the biggest success story for Robins has been the permanent signing of James Vaughan. Previous manager Simon Grayson initially signed the former Everton man on loan for last season, and Robins made the deal permanent last summer. Vaughan has been fantastic in Town’s attack, scoring fourteen goals last season – his best ever return both in terms of goals and appearances – and has hit a dozen so far this campaign. He is now refinding his form and fitness after a spell out injured. His return for the run in could be crucial for the club’s outside hopes of a playoff push.

It is often described as the “difficult second season” but so far for Town, it is looking to be a season of midtable safety and after four heart attack inducing seasons, I for one couldn’t be happier! We are currently ten points off the top six, and thirteen clear of the drop, so in terms of season-on-season progress, it is fantastic.

In chairman Dean Hoyle – a lifelong Town fan and season ticket holder – we have the best possible leader for our club, and the entire hierarchy at the club points to slow and steady progress. We are unlikely to overspend like we have under previous regimes, instead trying to pick up young talented players, and eventually bring through our own academy products.

It is a very good time to be a fan of Huddersfield Town, and I am excited for what the future holds.

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374

Huddersfield vs Burnley: Infographic

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Fixture: Huddersfield Town vs Burnley
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: John Smith’s Stadium
Date: Saturday 30th November 2013 (KO 3pm)

Thanks to Sky Bet: http://www.skybet.com/football

Huddersfield vs Burnley Infographic

Four new signings, but only one new face

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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Huddersfield Town boss Mark Robins has wasted little time in starting his preparations for next season, bringing in no fewer than four players, although only one of them is new. Martin Paterson joins from Burnley, whilst last season’s loanees James Vaughan and Adam Hammill return on permanent contracts, and old boy Jonathan Stead returns to his hometown club.

The signing of Vaughan is the one that is most pleasing. As usual, we have paid an “undisclosed fee” to Norwich City for the former Everton man, but if it’s a penny less than £750,000 I’d be amazed. The twenty four year old had his best season while at the John Smith’s Stadium last term, in terms of both appearances and goals. He netted fourteen times in thirty seven matches, which isn’t bad for a player that is considered to be injury prone! This extended run of games and form could have been a significant factor in his deciding to sign for us, although I have another theory too. Ever since his loan ended, he has been inundated with messages on twitter from Town fans practically begging him to return! I’d like to think that this had a huge impact on him, and considering he had more lucrative offers from elsewhere, it could well have done.

Adam Hammill was on loan at Town for the first half of last season from Wolves, and scored twice in his sixteen appearances before returning to his parent club. However, he has rejoined Robins’ squad on a three year deal, but it is a new manager now that he will play for. During his loan spell, it was Simon Grayson at the helm, as Robins didn’t take the reins until February this year. Northern Ireland international Martin Paterson, as I’m sure many of you will be aware, has played in the Premier League with Burnley, and has played all but one and a half of his ten seasons in the second tier. He is a one in four striker, which is a decent return at Championship level, and if he can forge a decent partnership with Vaughan, we could see him hit fifteen goals this season, especially with the kind of service he can expect from Hammill and Sean Scannell.

Our other signing is a familiar face. Jon “Steadinho” Stead is a Huddersfield lad who broke into the team back in 2002, and went on to score 29 goals in 75 games in a season and a half before a £1million move to Blackburn Rovers, then of course a Premier League side. He immediately started finding the back of the net, scoring vital goals to win Rovers points in their ultimately successful battle against relegation.However, since that explosive start at Ewood Park, he has moved around an awful lot, counting Sunderland, Sheffield United, Ipswich and Bristol City amongst his permanent employers, whilst also having loan spells at Derby County and Coventry City. During this time, he has maintained a one in four goal ratio, which will make him a useful member of the squad.

Town have been linked recently with a loan move for Manchester United youngster Nick Powell, but there are also several Premier League clubs sniffing around the former Crewe starlet, so it is highly unlikely we will see him in the blue & white. I’m sure Robins and chairman Dean Hoyle are not finished in the transfer market, and I am definitely excited to see what further changes are made. Stay tuned!

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374

Wanted: Strikers! Robins Faces Rebuild

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins faces a very stressful summer as he looks to rejig and rebuild his squad for the “difficult second season” in the Championship. After avoiding relegation on the final day of the season, Robins’ squad has been left strikerless. The two main men in the successful battle to beat the drop were James Vaughan and Jermain Beckford, backed up by Lee Novak.

Unfortunately, none of these players are at the club today. Vaughan and Beckford were both loanees, while Novak opted not to renew his contract at the John Smith’s Stadium, instead reuniting with former manager Lee Clark at Birmingham City.

That, of course, leaves a huge headache for the former Manchester United striker. Good, prolific strikers are not an easy thing to find, and Robins now has to find three or four of them! I was hoping that we might have hijacked Neymar’s move to Barcelona, but alas no! Instead, Town are reportedly trying to negotiate a permanent deal for Vaughan with his parent club Norwich City, which would be a fine start to the squad rebuild. However, Championship rivals Derby County are also interested in the player.

Also on the radar is Spanish striker Reuben Rochina, currently on loan at Real Zaragoza from Blackburn Rovers. I’ve always liked Rochina, mainly because of his Barcelona connections, but he isn’t exactly prolific. Still, he could form a good partnership with Vaughan.

Elsewhere, reports suggest that Walsall winger Jamie Paterson is lined up for a move to West Yorkshire. The 21-year-old scored thirteen goals for the Midlands side last season, and Town have already had one bid rejected, rumoured to be in the region of £750,000. He is certainly an exciting prospect, and one that Robins knows from their time together at Coventry City.

There is no doubting “Pato’s” potential ability, and he could be a very exciting acquisition. Unfortunately, Burnley and Sheffield United are also interested, which could start the dreaded bidding war, artificially inflating the player’s value.

As it stands, those are the only players being linked with moves to Town so far, although that will definitely change. It’ll have to, otherwise we won’t have a prayer of staving off the drop next season!

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374

Town go for Robins

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Huddersfield Town have finally appointed a new manager, with Mark Robins taking the hot seat three weeks to the day after Simon Grayson was sacked. Robins joins after leaving his job at Coventry City, where he had been in charge for just five months. In that short time though, he took the Sky Blues from the League One relegation zone to play-off contenders, taking 44 points from his 25 games in charge.

He has signed a rolling contract at the John Smiths Stadium, which strikes me as a bit odd from his point of view. For Huddersfield Town, it’s a great deal, as chairman Dean Hoyle won’t be faced with a hefty compensation bill if it doesn’t work out. For Robins, it’s a strange one. He was five months into a three year contract at the Ricoh Arena, so to ditch that security for the uncertainty of a rolling deal seems a little odd. Unless, of course, he will earn more in a year at Town than he would in three years at City! Either that, or he feels as though he had to leave City after expressing his desire to join Town.

Hoyle always maintained that he wouldn’t rush into an appointment, and the fact that he has taken three weeks suggests that he is finally happy with the chosen candidate. After all, he has paid a “six figure sum” to release Robins from his Coventry contract. And considering some of the managers that were linked to the club are out of work (Adkins, Coyle, Nicky Butt), he must be confident that Robins is his man, especially after paying somewhere between a hundred grand and a quid short of a million for his services!

There is no doubting Robins’ credentials. He did an outstanding job at Rotherham, almost leading them to promotion in 2008-09 despite starting the season with a seventeen point deduction. He spent two and a half years at the club, before moving to South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, where it’s fair to say that things didn’t go quite as smoothly. Having said that, he did keep the Tykes in the Championship, but he resigned at the end of the 2010-11 season, citing differences with the board as the reason for his departure.

He was out of work for sixteen months before Coventry took a chance on him earlier this season, and he has shown the potential that was evident in his time at Rotherham. Thirteen wins and five draws have followed from his twenty five matches in charge, and he has also taken the club to the area final of the Football League Trophy, and a glamour tie at Arsenal in the League Cup, not to mention a trip to White Hart Lane in the FA Cup. City are understandably furious that Robins has left, considering he was out of work for a considerable amount of time before they hired him.

He has plenty of experience in the dugout, with over 250 games to his name, and a very decent win ratio of just over 40%. His first game in charge will be in front of the ITV cameras on Sunday, when Town host Premier League side Wigan Atheltic in the FA Cup fifth round. It would be a hell of a start to his tenure if he led the club into the quarter final for the first time in over forty years!

So, how do I feel about the appointment? Erm, well, a little bit “meh” to be honest. I mean, it’s not exactly an appointment that gets the pulse racing. I’m not overcome with excitement like I might have been with, say, Nigel Adkins. But then I’m not completely outraged like I would have been if Gary Megson had got the job! Having said that, I am now completely behind him, as he is now one of ours. It might be a good thing that it’s not a particularly high profile appointment; there is less hype around the appointment, and hopefully he can just go about his job quietly, and get us up the Championship table.

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374

Shut That Door! On Your Way Out!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle has seen fit to dispense with the services of manager Simon “Larry” Grayson, with the Terriers dropping like a stone in the Championship table. Grayson was in charge for just eleven months, overseeing forty nine matches in that time. Despite delivering the promotion that Hoyle so desperately wanted, Grayson’s team only won seventeen matches, a win percentage of just 34%.

Grayson’s dismissal doesn’t come as a surprise considering the terrible run of form and performances of late. The team have not won in twelve league matches, although they did win at Charlton in the FA Cup third round. They now sit in eighteenth place in the Championship, with a seven point cushion between themselves and the bottom three. Now, if you’d said to me at the start of the season that with eighteen games to go we would be in this position, I would have gladly taken it. As a newly promoted side, I, and the vast majority of Town fans, was under no illusions about how tough the division would be. However, considering the start to the season, and the horrific run we are in, the sacking was somewhat inevitable I’m afraid.

The big rumour doing the rounds amongst supporters is obviously regarding Grayson’s successor. The main name in said rumours is that of one Nigel Adkins. He of course was harshly sacked by Southampton recently, and is the man most Terriers’ supporters, including myself, want in the home dugout at the John Smiths Stadium. Whether Adkins will want to jump straight back in is another matter, not to mention what the conditions of his severance say.

When Hoyle sacked Lee Clark last February, he appointed Grayson within five days, leading most people to assume that he dispensed with Clark because Grayson was available. The same is now being applied to our current situation. Is Adkins interested, and is that then the reason that the trigger was pulled this week?

Grayson’s last match in charge was last Saturday’s 4-0 humbling at Watford, yet he was only sacked five days later. This would indicate that the chairman has someone lined up ready to come in, just like he did last February. Otherwise why wait nearly a week to make the decision? Surely he would have done it after the match or on Sunday/Monday morning rather than wait until two days before the next match?

When Clark was sacked, Grayson was my second choice to take over, with Sean O’Driscoll the first choice. So when O’Driscoll was canned by Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, I was kind of hoping Hoyle would have acted then and got the former Doncaster manager on board. Now, Adkins is my clear favourite, with Owen Coyle in second place. Funnily enough, that is how the bookies currently have it too. Maybe they are just the two best managers who are unemployed currently! Paolo Di Canio is high up in the odds too, but I am hoping that doesn’t come to fruition!

Whoever takes the job, it’s a really good one. A decent club with a brilliant stadium, and a chairman who is a lifelong fan, and isn’t afraid to back his manager in the transfer market. Yes, his two managerial dismissals while at the helm could be questioned, there is no doubt he will give a manager a chance to build at the club. He gave Clark more than three years in the job, so his reputation shouldn’t be tarnished by only giving Grayson eleven months.

Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you hope they will. Both Adkins and Coyle are hungry young gaffers, and I’m sure both would do very well with the club. If either one get the job, I would be a very happy Terrier!

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374

Terriers Getting Used To Life In Championship

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

After a less than impressive pre-season in which the team registered just one win (against Chesterfield!) in their seven matches, the season kicked off for Huddersfield Town with fans not daring to hope for anything more than survival in our first season back in the second tier after an eleven year absence. Yet a fantastic start to the season saw them take twenty points from the first eleven games, and be as high as second during that time. However, back to back hammerings at struggling Peterborough (3-1) and Millwall (4-0) have brought Town back down to earth with a bump.

It’s not the first time this season that Simon Grayson has had to suffer successive defeats. After brilliant 3-1 away wins at Hillsborough and Bloomfield Road, the Terriers were beaten at home by Watford and Leicester City. That was at the beginning of October, and they bounced back brilliantly with wins at Birmingham and at home over Wolves. Grayson will be hoping for a similar reaction from his players on Saturday November 3rd when they entertain Bristol City. Winless runs can become very difficult to turn around, and the manager will be hoping to put things right next time out. They managed it last time around, and I’m confident they can do it again.

That’s the beauty of this season’s Championship though, isn’t it? Anyone can beat anyone on any given weekend/midweek. And at least Town fans are being entertained, and we are seeing definitive results currently. Gone are the days of negative draws, and instead we are either winning or losing. We have only drawn two matches so far this term, compared to a ridiculous eighteen last season!

On the whole, though, it’s been a fabulous start to the season for Huddersfield. They’ve been especially good away from home, dominating but ultimately losing the first game of the season at Cardiff in front of the live cameras, and destroying Blackpool and Wednesday in their own backyards, the former again on the tellybox. And they don’t seem to be missing striker Jordan Rhodes either! James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford, both on loan, are forming a really good looking partnership upfront, with both players scoring regularly, and the club have several million pounds in the bank to boot.

Bottom line, I said at the start of the season that I would be happy with a final position of around thirteenth to fifteenth, and that opinion certainly hasn’t changed because of a good start. The way I see it, we are twenty points closer to staying up!

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374

Jordan On The Rhodes To Blackburn

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

So, it happened eventually. A club came in and met the valuation we put on our star striker and lured him to the other side of the Pennines. That club was Blackburn Rovers, and that valuation was £8 million. Yep, EIGHT MILLION. For a striker unproven above the third division. Huddersfield Chairman Dean Hoyle said it would take a crazy offer to lure the 22 year old Scottish international away as we weren’t in a position where we had to sell the player. For once, we were the club in control, and we got every penny we could out of the chicken farmers.

That doesn’t mean I’m happy with what transpired on the penultimate day of the transfer window, far from it. While it breaks the club record for a transfer fee received, and by some distance, will it ultimately cost us on the pitch in terms of our place in the second tier?

The biggest annoyance for me is the timing of the sale. It brings back horrible, horrible memories of twelve years ago, when we sold Marcus Stewart to Ipswich Town for our previous record fee of £2.7m(the same fee we also received from Sheffield Wednesday for Andy Booth). At the time, Ipswich were a promotion rival of ours, and Stewart went on to score the winner on his debut against… yep, us! He went on to get promoted that season with the Tractor Boys, and we went into a near-terminal nosedive which saw us end up in administration and the fourth tier, a situation from which we have only recently recovered.

Now, I’m not saying that this will happen again, far from it. In Mr Hoyle, we have the best possible chairman for our proud club; a lifelong fan who was a season ticket holder before he was the chairman, and who has ploughed millions into the club and the team to try and get us into the Championship. So it does seem a little strange that, having finally achieved this dream, he then sells the one player who would net the goals to keep us up and possibly push us into a comfortable position in the division, and sells him without giving his manager enough time to sign a replacement. Of course, he would have been plain daft to turn down the offer from Blackburn, who finally got their man at the fourth time of asking. This does of course show Mr Hoyle’s business acumen that saw him sell his Card Factory business last year for somewhere in the region of £400million. He set a value, and did not waver from that value, not for one second. I certainly do not begrudge him cashing in on his prized asset, as it still will only scratch the surface of the huge outlay he has endured in his four years at the helm. Similarly, I don’t for one second blame Rhodes for taking the thirty grand a week on offer.

However, as fans, we don’t appreciate such things; we don’t like seeing our club sell our star player, and certainly not to a club in the same division, even if the circumstances are different this time to twelve years ago. And we certainly don’t like it when we don’t sign a player to replace the one we’ve just sold. To be fair, Simon Grayson didn’t have much time to sort out a replacement, and apparently we were close to a couple of loan deals, but a huge amount of goals has been ripped out of the team, and that is worrying. We did sign James Vaughan on loan from Norwich, and he has just netted his first goal in the 2-2 draw at Ipswich, but I’m not sure he has twenty goals in him for the season.

Grayson and Hoyle did do everything they could to get players in, the most likely signing looked to be Jermaine Beckford, but the stumbling block was that Leicester wanted a permanent deal, while we wanted a loan. We are now left hoping that Grayson can work his magic and keep us in midtable, and maybe that money will be available in January should we need it.

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374

Bring It On!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Well, here we go! The Championship 2012-13 season is upon us and I cannot wait! Just looking through the fixture list makes me go weak at the knees. Cardiff, Forest, Burnley, Ipswich. Those are our first four fixtures back in the second tier. Compare that to twelve months ago: Bury, Rochdale, Hartlepool, Colchester. Now, no offence to these clubs, but it’s another level entirely isn’t it?

Manager Simon Grayson has been busy in the summer months, bringing in exciting young talent such as Sean Scannell from Crystal Palace and Oliver Norwood from Manchester United, not forgetting Adam Clayton from Leeds United. Couple that with experienced campaigners like Keith Southern and Anthony Gerrard, and Grayson looks to have assembled a squad capable of survival at the very least. Obviously, the most important bit of business by the club was keeping Jordan Rhodes. Chairman Dean Hoyle has repeatedly said that he doesn’t need, want, or intend to sell the Scotland international, and so far he has stayed true to his word.

Rhodes certainly has plenty of suitors. Offers from West Ham, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers have all been rebuffed, with the latter being especially keen to get the player amid reports of offers up to £6m. That seems an awful lot of money for a striker only proven at third division level. However despite these mega offers, I am still confident that Rhodes will be a Terrier when we make the trip to Portman Road on September 1st, and that he will return to haunt his old club that day too.

Anyway, I digress. What are my hopes for the coming season? To still be a Championship club at the end of it, of course, but more than that. I hope that Grayson gets the chance to prove what he can do at this level after his tough times down the road at Leeds, I hope the fans get to see some absolutely cracking matches, both home and away, and I hope we will entertain the neutrals on the few occasions we are on the tellybox.

Most of all, though, I hope, nay I yearn, for midtable mediocrity! That will no doubt come across as the ramblings of a lunatic, but after three seasons of playoff rollercoasters, I would be delighted if next Easter we are somewhere around  twelfth or thirteenth, with no real hope of playoffs, or any fears of the drop. Now that would be nice!

If I were to make a prediction on our finishing position this season, I would go for somewhere around fifteenth. If we keep Rhodes, he will score goals at this level. With the likes of Scannell, Clayton, Norwood, Danny Ward and Lee Novak supplying and backing him up, we should see the net bulge on a regular basis once again.

Being back in the Championship after a decade of turmoil and uncertainty is a dream come true, and looking at the teams taking part this season, I think it is quite possibly the strongest Championship ever. There are perhaps fifteen clubs harbouring hopes, however slim, of promotion, including those promoted from League One, and three massive clubs that have come down from the top flight looking for an immediate return. It’s a brave man that puts his money on the 2012-13 Championship winner. I won’t be betting on it, that’s for sure! At the other end, there are maybe half a dozen teams expecting a tough relegation battle. If Town are somewhere in between, I’ll take that!

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374

Grayson begins rebuild

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson has wasted no time in beginning the overhaul of the squad in preparation for next season’s Championship campaign. Seven players have been released as they reach the end of their contracts, and there are likely to be a few leave for fees. Gary Naysmith, Gary Roberts, Danny Cadamarteri, Tommy Miller, Nathan Clarke, Aidan Chippendale and Simon Thomas have all been released, while new deals have been offered to striker Alan Lee, defender Tom Clarke plus goalkeepers Ian Bennett and Lloyd Atkinson.

The seven that have been released will certainly free up some of the wage bill, as Naysmith, Roberts, Cadamarteri and Miller will all have been on good contracts for League One. It’s mixed emotions in the Clarke family, as Huddersfield born brothers Nathan and Tom experience different emotions this summer. Gary Roberts had been linked with a move last summer, so it’s no surprise that he’s been refusing a new deal at the Galpharm, and I’m sure he will find himself a decent League One club for next term. Naysmith has been good for Town, but the emergence of Calum Woods at left back have limited his appearances, and we all wish him well in his attempts to get himself an employer for 2012/13. I’m sure there will be suitors.

Ian Bennett has been fantastic since joining in June 2010, and even though he is forty years of age, he definitely has Championship quality, and his experience will be invaluable next term. If I’m being honest, I am a little surprised that Alan Lee has been offered a new contract, as he does divide opinion like no other Town player I can ever remember. His supporters defend his style and scoring record, saying that he attracts defenders’ attention, therefore creating space for his teammates. His detractors say that he overuses his elbows and goes to ground way too easily for a man of his size. A lower league Emile Heskey, I guess you could say! There is no doubt that he is a battle hardened warrior who has been round the block a few times, so in that regard it maybe makes sense to keep him around for another season, especially as he has volunteered to take a fifty percent pay cut to stay on.

So, with seven released, and probably one or two sold to raise cash (not Rhodes!), who will be coming in this summer? The rumours are already starting up as you can imagine. We have a reputation as a club with money, so it stands to reason that we will be heavily linked with pretty much any player that becomes available. The positions that need attention are probably backups at full back, a central defender, midfielder and a forward, particularly if Jordan Rhodes is sold.

Damian Johnson could be the first new signing. The midfielder has spent the last two years of his Plymouth Argyle contract on loan at Town, as Argyle couldn’t afford to pay his wages. That contract has now expired, and he has been offered a permanent deal by Grayson. He has been largely excellent for us, and at 33 is another player whose experience will be crucial for next season. The first player most fans will be wanting to come to the club will be Sean Morrison. the centre back was on loan from Reading last season, and was fantastic in our promotion push. He became a firm fans’ favourite, and we all want to see him back on a permanent deal.

The newspapers are also linking Grayson with former Terrier Lee Peltier. The young defender/midfielder was sold by former manager Lee Clark to Leicester City last summer for £750,000 and the reported fee to re-sign him is around half a million. It’s a no brainer if there is any truth to the stories, as he was one of our better players. I would be delighted to see him back at the club. Defender Joel Lynch, of Nottingham Forest, is another name that Grayson is reported to be interested in bringing to West Yorkshire. The Welshman, who has been called up but not played for the national team, can play at left back or in central defence. However, injuries have limited his progress at the City Ground, and he has only averaged twenty appearances a season. A move and a fresh start could be just the ticket.

Jermaine Beckford is another name that has been strongly linked due to his links with Grayson. While he is a decent striker, and I welcomed the rumours on the podcast, I am now having serious reservations about him. He is only really proven at League One level, he hasn’t really impressed at Everton or Leicester. Also, I am not sure he is the best personality to have around either. However, Grayson obviously knows him and how to manage him, and he could be a decent signing.

While I have been writing this article, I have been logged into Twitter reading all the rumours going around. Names like Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Simeon Jackson are being bandied about, and if we could get Jackson I would be absolutely delighted. He’s proven at Championship level, and offers something completely different to what we already have. Taylor-Fletcher is a former Terrier, and while I liked him first time around, I would prefer we look elsewhere.

More and more names get linked all the time, and I’m sure there will be a fair few players going in and out of the club before the end of August!

Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger

James tweets at @jamesb5374