Returning Stead speaks to htafc.com
Jon Stead is back at Huddersfield Town – and he can’t wait to play his part for the team this season.
The 30 year-old has returned to the Club on a two year contract after leaving Bristol City and turned down a number of offers from competing Championship clubs, as he explained to the Club’s official website:
“A few things made my decision an easy one. Obviously I’m a Huddersfield fan and have been since the days I started as a ball-boy here, so this place has a massive pull,” Jon told htafc.com.
“Me and my family had three very good years at Bristol City and the relationship with the supporters was one I hadn’t felt anywhere since I left Huddersfield, so coming back here was the only move that made sense to me once I left there.
“Once I decided to leave Bristol, I made it very clear to everyone that this is where I wanted to be. I had a few other offers, but this is the Club I wanted to come and play for and having met the Manager and the Owner, the decision was made even easier.”
As a Town fan, Jon was already well aware of the progress the Club has made since his departure almost a decade ago:
He continued: “It is a fantastic time for me to return, because the Club is really progressing forward. There is a lot of passion from the Owner and he brings so much to the football club.
“I think I echo that passion for the town and the team and I still believe I have a lot to give. I’m looking forward to having a positive impact on the side.”
Jon believes the development of the Club’s Canalside training ground is a great illustration of the progress Huddersfield Town has made since his departure – explaining he barely recognised the complex.
“A lot has changed since I used to come down on my lunch break to play snooker as a YTS player!” Jon joked.
“Canalside is completely different and new – you can see a lot of money has been spent on the facility, as it is such a professional setup. It’s going to be fantastic to come here and work every day. This will be a legacy for the Club for years to come.”
Having spoken to Manager Mark Robins, Jon realises that he will work as part of a new-look strike force for the Terriers this season.
“Obviously more strikers will come in – I know everyone is working extremely hard behind the scenes to get the right kind of players in. The Manager has talked about the need for a good, strong squad that can cope with the high demands of the Championship.
“I think I will play plenty of games, but equally like anyone I know I’m not guaranteed a place in the side. I will work hard and hopefully I can spread some of the knowledge I’ve learned over the last 10 years to the younger players. I want to show everyone here what it means to be a Huddersfield player. I’m really looking forward to the season.”
Now that his move is complete, Jon can give some thought to the possibility of running out in front of the Town faithful in competitive action again when competitive action returns on 3 August at Nottingham Forest.
“I know the fans here are extremely passionate and have high expectations – I’m just the same! I’m hopefully having the number 14 shirt here, which was my first ever number and the shirt I still have framed in my house. It’ll be quite an emotional and exciting moment when I run out in front of the Town fans again.
“There is probably more pressure on me know than I experienced during my first spell, but I want to grow on what I did here the first time around. Hopefully, after the first three or four games, the fans will see I can do that.”
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