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Fresh challenge for Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town will be playing in the Championship for the first time in the club’s history after play-off promotion last season.

The Terriers have played in the second tier of English football four times before when it was Division 1, the last time being 2001, but never in the Championship.

Former Leeds United gaffer Simon Grayson only joined the club in February 2012 but managed to secure promotion after the sacking of ex-Newcastle and Fulham midfielder Lee Clark.

Last season Huddersfield broke Nottingham Forest’s Football League record of 42 games unbeaten by going on better, an amazing achievement before defeat to Chris Powell’s Charlton Athletic ended their record breaking run of form.

With the new season looming, in arguably English football’s most unpredictable league Grayson and the Terriers faithful will be looking to their key players to rally the squad in their new challenge just beneath English football’s elite.

Reinforcements

New signings Keith Southern from Blackpool, Adam Clayton from Leeds, Sean Scannell from Crystal Palace and Anthony Gerrard (pictured), who missed out on promotion with Cardiff City last season, are the reinforcements Grayson has brought in for the new campaign.

Striker Jordan Rhodes will return from international duty with Scotland in high spirits after recording his first goal on his international debut. The goal came during a 3-1 friendly victory over Australia at Easter Road on Wednesday, as he netted with a brilliant diving header.

“I am delighted. I didn’t know too much about it at the time but it was a good delivery in by Danny Fox. I was delighted to see it go in,” said the forward.

Rhodes described how he had dreamt about standing in the line-up as the national anthem plays: “You dream of starting for your country and walking out in front of the fans and hearing the national anthem.”

Huddersfield begins a tough campaign away to a much changed Cardiff, that will be keen to win over any sceptical fans in their new colours.

The same goes for The Terriers as they will want to get off to a winning start and build towards staying in the Championship.

By Lewis Edwards – Follow me on Twitter @LCEdw

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