Player of the Year speaks exclusively to htafc.com
Huddersfield Town’s recently crowned Player of the Year Adam Clayton was delighted to finish the season on a high and will take plenty of confidence into the 2014/15 campaign.
The midfielder picked up the most prestigious decoration at Sunday’s Awards Ceremony and was also influential as the Terriers recorded their biggest away win of the season at Watford.
“Our showing at Watford was certainly one of our better performances of the season,” Adam told htafc.com. “We have played like that against a few teams, but I think last Saturday’s game was definitely one of our best."
The 4-1 victory saw winger Joe Lolley notch on his full debut, whilst Danny Ward produced a match winning performance with a well taken treble.
Clayton was also given a more advanced role in midfield by Mark Robins as the Terriers ripped apart last season’s Play-Off finalists.
“Joe has worked hard to get his body in the right shape to cope with Championship football and he showed on Saturday that he has the potential to be a very exciting player,” said the 25 year-old. “For large parts of the match I thought he was outstanding. Danny (Ward) has put in performances like that on many occasions this year, but just hasn’t been scoring. He gets in excellent positions, but hasn’t always hit the back of the net. Hopefully his hat trick, and if he signs a new contract, will give him plenty of confidence going into next season.”
On his own performance and playing position at Vicarage Road, he said: “I don’t care where I play. I enjoy playing in front of the back four, but I also enjoyed trying to make things happen in the final third on Saturday. If the Manager chooses to deploy me in that position next season, I will be happy.”
The former Manchester City youth player had to wait until the end of the night to collect the main award on Sunday, the first of that ilk of his career.
“It was an enjoyable evening and I was very pleased to pick up one of the main awards,” he said. “I came second when I was at Leeds behind Robert Snodgrass and I think I was third or second at last year’s awards. It was really nice to receive the accolade and I feel like I have had a good season. My form has been pretty consistent throughout, which is always difficult to achieve. I will take a lot of confidence from the accolade going into next season.”
The award concluded what has been his best season in front of goal for the midfielder who hit the back of the net seven times. Four of those proved to match winning strikes with his last, against Yeovil, securing Town’s status in the Championship.
“From a defensive position, I am quite happy with the total that I reached. If I am playing in a more attacking role next season hopefully I will improve on that tally.”
Eight of Adam’s team mates from the season won’t return with him for pre-season following the announcement of Town’s retained list.
“They were all excellent players and it is sad to see them leave,” Clayton said. “Calum Woods was a top player and a real nice guy as was Peter Clarke, Keith Southern, Cristian Lopez, Ian Bennett and all the others that have now departed the Club. Unfortunately that is what happens in football. Hopefully the players that the Manager brings in over the summer can help us progress.”
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