Winger lengthens his stay at ‘The Yorkshire Club’
- Joe Lolley signs contract extension at HTAFC
- Attacker agrees new deal until 2019
- Reaction from Head Coach David Wagner
Joe Lolley has today signed a contract extension at Huddersfield Town until the summer of 2019, with the Club having an option on a further season.
The 23 year-old attacking midfielder was originally contracted to the Club until the end of the current 2015/16 season, although Town did have the option of a further year’s extension at that point.
Joe joined Huddersfield Town from Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers in January 2014 when Mark Robins was Manager and, to date, has scored seven goals in 15 starts and 27 substitute appearances for the Club.
He had a loan spell at League 1 Scunthorpe United during Chris Powell’s time as Town Manager earlier this season, but has returned to play in every one of David Wagner’s games as Head Coach, making 10 starts and three substitute appearances; scoring three times.
Lolley has also played the full 90 minutes in five games under Wagner; something he had not achieved at the Club prior to the German’s arrival.
Huddersfield Town’s Head Coach David Wagner commented:
“Joe is a very good talent; he has good mobility, he’s technically very good and he can make a difference in a game one-on-one.
“His fitness was not good and this is what we had to work on. We still do, because he still isn’t where I’d like to have him.
“However, he is a very interesting player and is very open-minded; he is one of the players who tries to bring on the pitch what we want.
“We’re here to help the players get better step by step and Joe is doing that.
“This shows that the Club will - and is able - to keep our quality in the team. Consistency in a squad is a very important part in developing a team for a successful future.”
A relative latecomer to professional football, Redditch-born Joe was at Birmingham City’s Academy until the age of 16. He subsequently joined Bromsgrove, but it was at Midland Combination side Littleton where he made waves – netting an amazing 88 goals in just 83 games.
Joe combined his senior playing career at Littleton with his studies, reading a Sports Coaching degree at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.
It was through University football that his link to Kidderminster was formed. He spent the summer of 2013 representing England and Great Britain at the World University Summer Games in Russia, reaching the final before defeat to the hosts.
On the GB University coaching staff was former Cheltenham striker Steve Guinan, who also coached for the Harriers. After a promising two week trial in the summer of 2013, which included a hat-trick on his debut against Chasetown, Joe signed a one year contract with a further year’s option at Kidderminster before signing for Town after six months.
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