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30 October 2020

Jaheim Headley & Mustapha Olagunju to gain more senior experience

- Two Huddersfield Town players join Welling United on loan
- Jaheim Headley and Mustapha Olagunju to gain more experience
- Comments from Head of Football Operations Leigh Bromby

Jaheim Headley and Mustapha Olagunju have today joined Vanarama National League South side Welling United on loan.

Versatile Jaheim, 19, and centre back Mustapha, 18, have moved to the sixth-tier side until 3 January 2021.

They follow in the footsteps of Romoney Crichlow, who enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Welling to end last season before breaking into Carlos Corberán’s First Team squad this year.

Managed by Bradley Quinton, Welling have recorded one draw and one defeat to begin their league season ahead of a trip to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday. Former Town player Lionel Ainsworth is one of the current crop of players for the Wings.

As both players move on a youth loan, they will continue to train with Town during the week and can also feature for Town’s B Team and Under-19 sides whilst playing games with Welling.

The Club has a 24-hour recall clause on both players after the first 28 days.

Head of Football Operations Leigh Bromby explained:

“Just as with Kian Harratt’s recent loan move to Guiseley, this is a great opportunity for Jaheim and Mustapha in terms of their development as players.

“The youth loans allow them to train with us for most of the week and play games at a great level.

“We’ve seen the impact that a loan spell at Welling had on Romoney Crichlow last season; he returned to us on the back of a string of great performances and really hit the ground running in pre-season, which resulted in him breaking into the First Team. The challenge for Jaheim and Mustapha is to replicate that.”

This move is a third loan spell for Jaheim, who regularly plays at left back but can also play on the wing or in central midfield, following spells with Bradford (Park Avenue) and Hyde United last season.

On top of four B Team appearances this term, he featured regularly for Carlos Corberán’s First Team squad during pre-season.

Meanwhile it is a second loan spell for Mustapha, following a short period with Tadcaster Albion last year. He’s netted two goals in five B Team appearances and has been an unused substitute twice in the Sky Bet Championship for Town so far this season.

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