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PUNCHEON: I WILL NEVER GIVE IN & ALWAYS GIVE 120%

4 January 2019

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Jason Puncheon on making a fresh start at Huddersfield Town

- Jason Puncheon first interview at Huddersfield Town
- Midfielder on how his experience will help the Terriers
- Watch the full interview on #HTTV

Adding experience to the squad and working hard were the two key messages from Jason Puncheon as he spoke to #HTTV after joining Huddersfield Town on loan from Crystal Palace.

After completing his loan move to the Terriers for the remainder of the 2018/19 Premier League season, the Croydon-born midfielder was keen to emphasise how hard he will work to get a place in the starting XI.

“I really pleased, finally got the deal sorted. It’s nice to be here and I really can’t wait to get started.

“An important thing on a personal note is that I needed to play football. The minutes are important, but, like I said when I spoke to the Head Coach, I don’t think any player has a given right to have a shirt and always play.

“I will earn my place in the team and I’ll work my socks to get myself in that team and to stay in there.”

The 32-year-old has featured in over 200 top-flight games in his career and when speaking to #HTTV he explained how that could benefit the Club.

“It’s no hidden secret where we are in the table, but we have to come out with our backs fighting to get up that table; that suits my character. I will never give in and always give 120% and the results will show.

“It’ll be good if I can transfer my experience to the players too, you know, on the training pitch or in games; that would be a good help for us. My character is all about how I am both on and off-the pitch.

“Anything can happen in football, it’s important that everyone knows anything can happen in football.

“We are in a bad situation now but in six games now it could be completely different; that’s the beauty of the Premier League.

“I think from the outside in, we have to keep believing in our process and that starts on Saturday.”

Jason worked with First Team Coach Andrew Hughes at Crystal Palace in 2016 and explained how that relationship had a big influence on him joining the Terriers.

“Hughesy was only at Palace for six months and he was a great influence on me. I’d played against him throughout the years and we always stayed in contact. He played a pivotal role in me coming here.

“It’s a fresh start for me. I’d like to show the players and the staff my character, the way I like to play and train.

“I know Hughesy, I’ve got nothing to prove to him, but everything to prove to everyone else.”

You can watch the full interview below on #HTTV!


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