HUDDERSFIELD TOWN are hungry for success and primed to achieve it.
That’s why Joel Lynch turned down a number of clubs to join the Galpharm crusade under manager Simon Grayson and chairman Dean Hoyle.
The 24-year-old became a firm favourite at Nottingham Forest towards the end of last season and blossomed in the centre-back role he would love to cement in blue and white stripes.
His performances earned a three-year contract with newly-promoted Town and he’s confident it’s the right move – not just for the domestic challenge but internationally as well.
Lynch is part of Chris Coleman’s Wales senior squad and hoping to become a regular over the next few years.
“The Championship is a very tough league where a lot of the teams are of very similar ability,” said Eastbourne-born Lynch, who is planning to move to the countryside around Huddersfield (“the quieter, the better”).
“It’s a tough fixture list and you have to be hungry and ready to battle, and everything I’ve seen here leads me to believe we’ll do fine.
“I spoke to a lot of clubs in the summer, had meetings with them and thought about my options, but within five minutes of meeting the chairman and manager here, I had made up my mind this was the place to be.
“The chairman is very ambitious and I think it’s brilliant he is a fan, because he really cares about what happens here
“If he didn’t have the club at heart, he wouldn’t be putting all his money into improving things
“And he is really humble. He knows what he is talking about, he knows what the club is all about and he is clearly doing all he can to make sure we are successful.
“The manager, too, is very impressive and spoke very well about where we are and where we are going.
“This club has got a winning mentality about it (topped by promotion last season) and I definitely think we are going places.
“The quality of the players who have been brought in speaks for itself, and the manager and coaching staff are the sort of people who motivate you and get the best out of you.
“That’s what I want to be involved in and the way the manager comes across, I definitely know he can help my game and help us all improve as players.”
Lynch has played a lot of his football with Brighton and Forest as a left-back, but it’s in central defence where he feels most comfortable and where, while helping the City Ground club avoid relegation problems, he played so well that he was second in their Player of the Year poll.
He’s hoping to hold off competition from several quarters to play at the heart of Grayson’s defence this season, but accepts a shirt has to be earned.
“I’m not taking it for granted I’ll be in the team, but that’s what I’ll be working hard for,” he said.
“I’ve seen quite a lot of the club’s matches on TV and, of course, I played against quite a few of the lads when I was at Brighton.