KEITH SOUTHERN has ridden the Blackpool roller-coaster – now he’s ready to climb hills in Huddersfield.
And the 31-year-old refuses to rule out another sortie into the Premier League.
“Nobody at the club is getting carried away, but you have to have targets,” said the £300,000 recruit, who left Bloomfield Road after 10 years having played in League I, the Championship and the top flight and earned a testimonial against his first club Everton.
“When we first got into the Championship (in 1997, with Simon Grayson at the helm), people would have laughed at the suggestion we could make it to the Premier League.
“But we were an honest, hard-working group and we had some really talented players, not unlike Huddersfield.
“We established ourselves in the Championship, and, in the season we went up (2009-10), built some real momentum to get into the play-offs, then win through them.”
Once in the top flight for the first time since they accompanied Town out of the old Second Division in 1970, the sceptics said the Seasiders’ credentials were about as solid as a stick of candy floss.