Terrier on the Terraces: Town are making progress

Nahki Wells
Nahki Wells

Huddersfield Town’s signing of Nahki Wells from Bradford City for a club record fee, believed to be around £1.25m, came as something of a surprise to many neutral observers.

Their opinions even brought comment from Huddersfield manager Mark Robins, who noted the apparent ignorance of many about recent developments at the football club.

The progress which has been made by Huddersfield Town in recent years has involved more than promotion from League One two years ago.

On the field, the side has changed beyond all recognition, and that grabs the headlines with signings like James Vaughan and Jonathan Hogg showing the level of improvement from the League One days.

However, it’s off the field that Town have made the most progress.

In Canalside, Huddersfield Town have one of the best training complexes in the country.

The investment in the Terriers’ Academy has been substantial and has seen substantive improvements, with more quality youngsters emerging from the system at the club than at any time in the last decade.

Duane Holmes may just be the latest to emerge, but thanks to the changes at the club he won’t be the last.

If the Academy continues to produce players like Holmes and Jack Hunt before him, it won’t be long before a Huddersfield Town Academy graduate plays for his country at full international level.

Nahki Wells has made a substantial step up in signing from Bradford City.

He’s not the last piece in the puzzle - it’s unlikely that he’ll be the difference between mid-table and the play-offs - but it has made the football world at large sit up and take note that things have changed in Huddersfield, and very much for the better.