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Since returning to the second tier for the 2012-13 season Huddersfield have made steady progress under manager Mark Robins, and they will be looking for continued progress this season, although securing their status in the division should once again be seen as a success.
Robins has added a trio of experienced players to his squad, including Polish midfielder Radoslav Majewski on a season-long loan deal from Nottingham Forest. If Robins can get the Pole to click at the John Smith’s Stadium then he should prove a key attacking asset alongside James Vaughan, Danny Ward and Nakhi Wells.
Yet, it’s the terriers defensive form that could be the key to their season. They will miss Peter Clarke’s experience, but Lee Peltier’s return to the club after a three-year absence will add leadership.
Robins has an established squad at his disposal, which may see the terriers as a secure bet for survival. However many of the teams around them last season have made strides in freshening up their squads, so the status quo could work against the Yorkshire club.
A tough season ahead and they could well be facing the drop.
Last Season: 17th
Manager: Mark Robins
Transfers In*: Joe Murphy (Coventry, free), Lee Peltier (Leeds, free), Radoslav Majewski (Nottingham Forest, loan), Connor Coady (Liverpool, undisclosed)
Transfers Out*: Callum Woods (Preston, free), Keith Southern (Fleetwood, free), Chris Atkinson (Crewe, free), Peter Clarke (Blackpool, free), Paul Mullin (Morecambe, free), Ian Bennett, Anton Robinson, Cristian Lopez (released)
One To Watch: Nakhi Wells (striker)
The Bermudan striker, who made his name in Bradford’s Carling Cup run in 2012-13, signed in January for £1.3 million and made an impact scoring 6 goals as Huddersfield stayed up.
His pace and movement alongside James Vaughan in attack should mean the terriers carry a threat, and as well as serving Huddersfield’s interest he may be hoping to re-ignite Premier League interest with a strong season.
A natural finisher, once compared to Jermaine Defoe by fellow Bermudan Kyle Lightbourne, Well has all the attributes to be a big success in the Championship and maybe further afield.
Selected Odds: Champions 66-1; Promotion 20-1; Relegation 7-2
Opening Fixtures: Bournemouth (H), Cardiff (A), Reading (A)
*Correct at the time of writing