Central defender makes move across Yorkshire from Barnsley
- Huddersfield Town sign Michał Helik
- Central defender joins from Sky Bet League One side Barnsley
- Comments from Leigh Bromby and Danny Schofield
We are delighted to confirm the signing of central defender Michał Helik from Barnsley, who has signed three-year deal until 2025, with the Club holding an option for 2026!
Having started his career in his native Poland, the tall central defender moved to England in 2020, joining then Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.
An immediate success in South Yorkshire, the defender scored five goals in 45 games as the Tykes reached the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Finals in the 2020/21 season, earning himself the club’s Player of the Year award.
Another full international within our First Team, he made his debut for Poland in March 2021 and was part of their squad for the – delayed – EURO 2020 tournament. With seven caps under his belt, six of which have come in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Helik will be looking to secure a place in the squad for Qatar through his performances for Town.
Head of Football Operations Leigh Bromby commented:
“Michał has the ideal profile for the type of signing we like to make. His experience both within the Sky Bet Championship and internationally will allow him to come in and contribute from day one, giving us increased competition and flexibility across the back.
“A player we’ve known about for a long time, he’ll fit in perfectly within the type of football we try to play whilst bedding in seamlessly within the dressing room, which is an important factor to consider.
“His physical attributes speak for themselves, and he has the attitude to push himself to improve within our coaching programme, so we couldn’t be happier to have him join the Club.”
Head Coach Danny Schofield added:
“Michał is someone I’m looking forward to working with. He gives us further options tactically, and has the relevant experience to come in and make a difference straight away.
“Someone who’s a difference maker in both penalty boxes, what he adds both defensively and as an attacking threat is a huge bonus. With a place at the World Cup to play for, he’s not short of motivations to try and break into the team.”