A HUDDERSFIELD company is aiming to help Town's footballers achieve a home win in the property market.
Almondbury-based lettings agency Belvoir hopes to persuade the Terriers to follow in the footsteps of property-owning Premiership stars like Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler.
The company has set up a special football division to advise lower league professionals of the benefits of becoming property landlords.
Huddersfield office boss Neil MacDonald said property could provide a retirement income for Town's current stars when the final whistle blows on their playing careers.
He said: "Most players' careers are over by the time they reach their mid-30s - and while Premiership stars can retire as millionaires, the vast majority of footballers have more modest savings.
"Footballers are now realising the value of investing their money while still playing the game and property is a natural part of a balanced investment portfolio."
He added: "We're not suggesting Huddersfield Town's players go in for big, trophy buildings. We can just advise them to turn their focus on to the terraced and the semi-detached market.
"This is a great way to ensure a steady income, while also investing in a market which has potential for significant returns when they come to sell on properties."
Premiership stars, such as Liverpool's Michael Owen and Manchester City's Robbie Fowler, maintain multi-million pound property portfolios, which they rent out to provide a monthly income and which will also net them a tidy little nest egg.
Fowler has bought more than 80 properties - ranging from a former Scottish hotel to terraced houses.
More than two-thirds of Belvoir's national network of 80 branches are in towns with a Nationwide League club.
Belvoir chief executive Mike Goddard said the decision to set up a dedicated football division came after several of the branches started to advise players on their property investments.
He said: "We already have many sportsmen and women using our services, and it seems logical to set up a specialist division to advise the thousands of footballers who have a Belvoir branch on their doorstep.
"Football is a short career and, whereas in a bygone era many pros could fall back on a trade, that isn't the case very often these days."