Huddersfield Town have made an active start to the summer transfer window, already making two early swoops to bring Matty Pearson and Jordan Rhodes to West Yorkshire from Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.
Here’s a look at what they will bring to the Terriers, who need plenty of fresh faces over the summer after a handful of players departed recently at the end of their contracts.
Huddersfield’s first signing of the summer was announced on Thursday, with Luton Town defender Matty Pearson being confirmed as a Huddersfield Town player, on a free transfer.
The 27-year-old, formerly of FC Halifax Town, will switch to West Yorkshire at the expiration of his contract with current club Luton next month and represents a really smart piece of business from Huddersfield.
Pearson featured 40 times for Luton in the Championship this season and brings a wealth of experience to the Terriers, while also adding much-needed strength to their defence after the departures of Richard Stearman, Tommy Elphick and club captain Christopher Schindler.
A tough-tackling versatile defender, who can also play at fullback or in midfield, the signing of Pearson seems like a match made in heaven, particularly when you consider that the 27-year-old hails from nearby Keighley.
This isn’t the first time Huddersfield have used their location to their advantage, by persuading a player to relocate nearer to their hometown and Pearson should provide to be a reliable option for the Terriers next season.
The other recent arrival in West Yorkshire and perhaps the one that gained more attention was Friday’s confirmation that Jordan Rhodes had made his return to Huddersfield Town, nearly nine years after his departure.
A club legend in West Yorkshire, it’s a return to the club that propelled Rhodes to prominence a decade ago with the 31-year-old scoring over 80 goals in his previous spell with the Terriers.
While Rhodes has failed to hit the heights that many predicted he would after leaving Huddersfield, he has gone on to establish himself as an accomplished striker in the Championship and his return to the John Smith’s Stadium adds much-needed firepower to the Terriers' frontline.
Carlos Corberan’s Huddersfield side had to fight hard to capture Rhodes, fending off interest from another of his former teams Ipswich Town, to get Rhodes to put pen to paper. Next month, the deal will happen and will see Rhodes depart Yorkshire rivals, Sheffield, Wednesday, who recently suffered relegation to League One, to make his long-awaited Town return.
In reflection, Huddersfield Town can be pleased with their early flurry of activity in the summer transfer window, with two smart pieces of business in as many days.
In Matty Pearson, Carlos Corberan has a versatile and dependable defender, who can play in a handful of different roles and could prove to be invaluable for the Terriers.
With their other addition, Rhodes, they have someone with undoubted pedigree and a real club legend, who will hope that a return to his old stomping ground will propel him back to his brilliant best.
Ultimately, Huddersfield need a handful of new additions over the summer to reinvigorate a rather flat looking squad and if their early work is anything to go buy, the West Yorkshire side are going to have a particularly strong transfer window over the summer.