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29 June 2016

Centre back departs for an undisclosed fee

- Joel Lynch departs Huddersfield Town
- Centre back joins Queens Park Rangers
- Comments from Head Coach David Wagner

Joel Lynch has today completed a permanent transfer to Sky Bet Championship club Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

The 28 year-old Welshman joined the Terriers following promotion to the second tier in the summer of 2012, signing a three year contract.

He has gone on to make 128 appearances across four seasons, scoring nine goals; two of which earned him back-to-back ‘Goal of the Year’ accolades at the Club’s 2014 and 2015 Annual Awards.

Last season, Lynch finished runner-up to Nahki Wells in the Club’s ‘Player of the Year’ as voted for by Town fans.

During his spell as a Terrier, Joel also earned his solitary senior cap for Wales in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lynch’s Huddersfield Town contract was set to run until the conclusion of the upcoming 2016/17 EFL campaign.

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner explained:

“I would like to say good luck to Joel as he leaves to join Queens Park Rangers today. He has been at the Club over four years and was an important part of my team over the past seven months.

“Since the end of last season, Joel’s representatives have been pushing hard for this transfer to happen. As I have said throughout the summer window, we were under no pressure to sell any player, but we had to consider that Joel’s contract was finishing in June 2017.

“We are happy that the transfer is great value for a defender who has one year remaining on his contract.

“I must also say thank you to Queens Park Rangers; we told them that we wanted this transfer completed quickly and they have been very respectful to that wish.”

Wagner concluded:

“We have been planning for the possibility of Joel leaving for a long time and we will make another addition shortly to add a fourth centre back alongside Mark Hudson, Michael Hefele and Martin Cranie.”

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle added:

“I’d like to place on record my thanks to Joel for his contribution on and off the field. He’s been a regular figure in the team over the last four years on the pitch and just as important off it, where he has given up countless hours working for our charity, the Town Foundation. All the best to Joel at QPR.”

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