SEAN SCANNELL looked forward to the season ahead and told Huddersfield Town fans: “You’ll love it in the Championship.”
The 21-year-old frontman, fresh from signing a three-year deal to become Simon Grayson’s first permanent signing as Town manager, has made all his 141 career appearances for Crystal Palace in the second tier.
He’ll have the chance to face his former club, who sold him for an undisclosed fee, at Selhurst Park on December 22 and the Galpharm on January 26.
Pace merchant Scannell battled through wet weather and traffic jams to make his first visit to Town’s home and was impressed with both the surroundings and what chairman Dean Hoyle had to tell him.
“It’s a smart stadium and it didn’t take too long for the chairman to convince me I’m coming to a good club,” said the Croydon-born player, who has Jamaican and Irish heritage and has played for the Republic at both Under 21 and B level.
“Huddersfield showed interest in me back in January, so I had done a bit of homework and followed their progress in League I last season.
“I watched the play-off final win over Sheffield United on television, and having got to the Championship after several years of trying, I know the chairman wants to maintain that progress.
“I think I will be the first of a few signings, and I was very impressed with both what he had to say and also the ground.