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3 August 2016

Relationship with Wagner was key

-    Hogg reacts to new Huddersfield Town contract
-    Midfielder signs new three year deal
-    Jonathan Hogg believes it’s a big step in his career

Jonathan Hogg believes signing a new deal at Huddersfield Town is a big step in his career and can’t wait for the new season to start.

The midfield workhorse signed a new three year contract with the Terriers yesterday with the Club having an option to extend it for a further season and the 27 year-old is delighted to be staying with David Wagner’s side.

“It’s a big step in my career,” said Jonathan.

“What the manager has brought to the Club and what the Chairman’s backed him with, I think it’s going to be a good place to be for the next three or four years so I’m looking forward to it.”

Once David Wagner was appointed as Head Coach, Jonathan Hogg was a regular in his starting line-up until he suffered an injury against Ipswich at the end of February, which kept him out for the rest of the season.

“He’s (David Wagner) one of the main reasons why I signed. He’s a very willing and honest man,” explained Hogg.

“If you’re doing a good job he will tell you, if you’re not he will pull you to one side and tell you what you need to improve on, so that’s a big part on why I want to be here.

“Like I said he’s an honest guy, he’s not a yes guy, he’s a top manager and he wants the best for individuals, the team and the Club.”

Jonathan Hogg believes Wagner’s ‘gegenpressing’ fast attacking style of play suits his games and brings the best out of him.

“The way he (David Wagner) wants to play is right up my street. He likes fast high pressing football and a lot of determination in the game, so he plays to a lot of my strengths.

“I’m really happy to be here and doing what he wants me to do. It’s what I’m good at and how I can help the team the most.”

Town kick-off their season this Saturday against Brentford and Hogg believes the players understand how their Head Coach wants them to play.

“He’s trying to drill it into all the lads, some have taken it on board and have got it, others are still working on it, but it’s my strength so I’m doing what he wants me to do," said the former Watford midfielder.

“The lads are trying to get it. 90% have got it and we aren’t far away from where he wants us to be.”

The industrious midfielder has changed his training programme this summer after recovering from his knee injury and insists so far he hasn’t had any problems.

“I haven’t missed a day’s training in pre-season. I feel fit, strong and raring to go.

“I’ve changed a bit of my training programme focusing on a lot of leg strength and I’m really looking forward to the new season and campaign ahead of us.

“I want to play as much as I can; last year was a stop start season. I’m hoping if I can stay fit for a full season.

“You never know what’s ahead of us and I want to progress my career. I think Town is the place to do that.”

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