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TOMMY SMITH NAMED NEW CLUB CAPTAIN

9 August 2017

David Wagner hands Smith the armband

- Tommy Smith confirmed as HTAFC’s Club Captain
- Jonathan Hogg and Christopher Schindler named as Town’s Vice Captains
- Comments from Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner has named Tommy Smith as the new Club Captain ahead of the Terriers’ first ever Premier League season.

Smith, who captained the side in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off final win against Reading, will take over the role from Mark Hudson, who has joined the Club’s coaching set-up.

The right back joined Huddersfield Town ahead of the 2012/13 season and featured heavily for the Terriers’ Under-21s side, before making the step-up into the First Team the following season.

The 25 year-old made his Town league debut in November 2013 in a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday and went on to make 24 league appearances during his inaugural Championship campaign.

Since the 2014/15 season, Smith has been a key figure in the Huddersfield Town starting line-up and the defender endured his best campaign to date under David Wagner last season.

Not only did he captain the side on numerous occasions, but he also set-up 10 goals for his teammates and scored four goals; including his first ever goal for the Club away at Cardiff City in November 2016. He was also named in the EFL’s Sky Bet Championship Team of the Year.

Midfielder Jonathan Hogg and centre back Christopher Schindler have been named as the Club’s Vice Captains and will lead the team out if Tommy is unavailable.

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner commented:

“Tommy has all the right skills needed to be a good Captain; he is reliable, open-minded, committed and likes to challenge not only himself but the group as well.

“He feels a responsibility for all the players in our dressing room and for the Club and that’s exactly what we need from him.

“As everyone knows, Tommy did a really good job as Captain last season when he was called upon as Vice Captain to Mark Hudson and he has all the right qualities to do well again.

“He has been at Huddersfield Town for a number of years now, so he knows everyone at the Club and is a very good character in the group; that’s why he is the right man to lead our team out on the pitch.”


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