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MARK HUDSON JOINS HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

1 September 2014

Cardiff City centre back signs two year deal with the Terriers

Huddersfield Town has bolstered its defensive options ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline with the signing of Cardiff City Captain Mark Hudson for a nominal undisclosed fee.

The 32 year-old was Captain at his three previous clubs – Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic and still at Cardiff City ahead of his move – and has played over 300 games in the Sky Bet Championship and Premier League.

Imposing centre back Hudson has signed a two year contract at ‘The Yorkshire Club’ and will wear squad number four during the 2014/15 season.

Huddersfield Town’s Caretaker Manager Mark Lillis commented:

“The Club has stayed patient to bring in the right man to improve the central defensive options and that has been rewarded with this arrival of Mark this evening.

“Organisation and experience are very important attributes in the heart of your defence and Mark has both in abundance. He is a leader with vast experience of the Championship and is a massive arrival for this football club.

“There are not many centre backs of his type and quality around; he can be a hugely influential addition.

“Huge credit has to go to the staff behind the scenes for getting this deal over the line amid considerable competition from some big clubs in this division; it’s testament to the ambition at Huddersfield Town.”

A player with 365 career appearances to his name, Surrey-born Mark started his career in the Fulham Academy, going onto make a handful of League Cup appearances for the Club amid loan spells at Oldham Athletic and Crystal Palace. 

Right-sided centre half Hudson played a big role at Selhurst Park as the Eagles gained promotion to the Premier League in 2004 and then signed permanently for Palace, where he became Club Captain. 

After four seasons played in the Premier League and Championship, Mark moved across London to join fellow Championship club Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2008. Once again, he was made Captain at his new Club.

Hudson played just one season at the Valley before Dave Jones took him to Cardiff City in the summer of 2009, where he was immediately handed the captaincy once again. 

He was a key figure in the Bluebirds’ defence as they came close to promotion in the next two seasons, but he eventually led the side to Premier League promotion as Championship winners in the 2012/13 campaign. Mark was named Cardiff’s ‘Player of the Year’ in the promotion campaign and soon signed a contract extension at the Club running until the summer of 2015.

Mark was Cardiff Captain for the 2014/15 season and played the full 90 minutes in Cardiff’s 3-1 win over Town in Wales in mid-August; one of three Championship starts he’s made this season.

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