DEAN HOYLE says Huddersfield Town’s players have every reason to flourish with the club in the Championship.
The chairman has galvanised Town over the past few years, backed them to win promotion and now he’s keen to make the most of their first season at this level for 11 years.
Nine new faces have been brought into the squad – and there is power to add when the loan transfer window opens today.
And even though £8m former leading scorer Jordan Rhodes is one of double figures to have left since the Wembley play-off glory, the senior side have made a highly encouraging start under determined manager Simon Grayson.
“I say to all our players, old and new, that this football club provides a platform for all they want to achieve,” said Hoyle, the lifelong fan who is keen to create a stable and sustainable future for the John Smith’s Stadium club.
“They have the opportunity to play with an ambitious club during exciting times and, if nothing else, they should be looking at Huddersfield Town as a great stepping stone.
“I don’t want that to sound defeatist, because we do want our club to go forward and become strong, but I’m just being realistic – this is a great place for players to develop and, if they do produce what they are capable of, then the club will benefit as well.”
Hoyle can’t wait for the next installment of Town’s campaign against Derby County at the John Smith’s next Saturday.
He added: “The Championship is a fantastic division to be in.
“I was looking at the League I table over the weekend and thinking ‘how many supporters would X, Y and Z have brought with them to our ground?’
“The two home matches we’ve had so far against Nottingham Forest and Burnley have attracted big away followings, which makes for a cracking atmosphere at the stadium.
“That helps with whole feeling of matchday, as well as Nigel Clibbens’ piggy bank, and it’s just great for everyone involved.
“The Championship is something like the fourth best supported division in the world and we are in it – so to finish even mid-table would make us a top 30 club in the English game and that’s something to be proud of.
“I’m chuffed to bits we are now playing at this level and I think everyone should enjoy it.”
The chairman believes the squad strengthening which has taken place was vital, even though he’s insisted on a budget being met.