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