EXPERIENCED defender Martyn Booty is to join Peter Jackson's Town coaching staff.
The versatile 32-year-old has made only four first-team appearances since joining from Chesterfield last summer.
But the former Spireites skipper has been taking an increasingly active behind-the-scenes role, working with Town's crop of up-and-coming youngsters and undertaking scouting missions.
Now Jackson, who works with assistant Terry Yorath, Reserve team coach John Dungworth, Academy director Gerry Murphy and part-time scout Jeff Lee, has decided to formalise the arrangement.
"Martyn is a seasoned professional who is close to completing his full coaching badge and is keen to get into that side of the game," explained Jackson of a player who has also represented Coventry, Crewe, Reading and Southend.
"He is a great character behind the scenes, he has the respect of the players and he has been a big help to me in helping out with coaching and scouting."
Town are Booty's sixth club, and the Leicester-born player, who began his career as a 16-year-old at Coventry City, is delighted at his promotion.
"I only knew Peter from playing against him before I signed in the summer, but we've formed a good working relationship and you can't help but be sucked in by his enthusiasm for the game," he explained.
"Terry Yorath is a terrific and very experienced coach, and I've already learned a lot from working with him, John Dungworth and Gerry Murphy.
"As well as going to check on players and look over future opponents, I've been taking the warm-up and warm-downs and working with the Reserves out on the training pitch, and I've really enjoyed the coaching I've done so far.
"Football careers don't last for ever, and I've been looking to get into the coaching side of things for a while now.
"This is a great opportunity for me, and it's nice to get my immediate future sorted before the end of the season.
"This is an uncertain business, especially in the current financial climate.
"This time last year I was promised a new contract at Chesterfield but it never materialised, and that's why I joined the other 600 players looking for a new club.
"I was lucky enough to get a chance with Town and as it's turned out, not getting a new deal at Chesterfield has been a blessing in disguise because I'm very happy here.
"I know the club went through the mill last season, but Peter and Terry have come in and done a great job.
"We've got a great bunch of young players who will get better and better, and all being well, we will be playing in Division II next season."
Of his own background, Booty, who is married to Nicola and has a daughter Tayla, seven, and son Regan, five, explained: "I've been lucky to play under two of football's most respected coaches in Don Howe and Dario Gradi.
"Don was the coach and Terry Butcher the manager when I started at Coventry as a teenager, and I had five and a half years at Crewe, where Dario is an institution.
"I've played under more than a dozen managers and a string of coaches in the course of my career, and hopefully I've picked things up from all of them."
Booty, whose Town appearances were in the opening four League games against Cambridge, Boston, York and Doncaster, will remain registered as a player.
"Martyn can operate anywhere in the back four if needed," added Jackson.
"He's a fantastic character around the club and an excellent professional who is keen to take his career further and help Huddersfield Town go forward."