It’s going to be a crucial close-season for Huddersfield Town’s chief executive Julian Winter as well as head coach David Wagner.

The 50-year-old former Town player is four weeks into his new job.

While the current playing and coaching staff are set to head off for a break, Winter is looking forward to really getting down to business.

“The timing of my arrival wasn’t deliberate, but it has worked out well,” said Winter, who has moved from Notts County after previously being chief executive of Watford and Sheffield United.

“I have had the chance to meet everyone and start to understand their roles and who they report to.

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“Now I can bring a bit more formality to the way I approach my job and start to implement any changes needed on an operational level.

“At the same time we will establish what you could call a direction of travel for the club as a whole, both on and off the pitch.

“The aim is to make sure that by the start of next season (August 6) were are ready to hit the ground running.”

Winter, who made 108 Town appearances between 1984 and 1989, when he joined Sheffield United for £50,000, says delivering Premier League football is Town’s ultimate aim.

But the Sheffield Hallam University graduate and father of four warned against unrealistic expectation levels, explaining: “Let’s not be naive - there are stages to making progress.

Huddersfield Town Chief Executive Julian Winter being interviewed by The Examiner's Doug Thomson at PPG Canalside, Leeds Road, Huddersfield.

“Of course we want to be the best we can be and we aspire to reach the Premier League.

“We will target incremental improvements year on year and, over time, we believe promotion is possible.

“I and others at the club must look at how we can better all areas with the ultimate aim of improving what is out there on the pitch on a match day.

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“We have a fabulous opportunity to build on a very solid platform provided by the owner (Dean Hoyle) and the work David Wagner has already done.

“A big part of my job is to maintain the stability here, set clear objectives and ensure we continue to communicate with fans in an open way.”

Huddersfield Town chief execs: Career details of latest two

NIGEL CLIBBENS

Age 47

Born Wakefield

Universities Lancaster and York

Career

Originally in chartered accountancy

Spent 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working in insolvency, before joining Grant Thornton in 1999.

Over the next nine years he specialised in the financial restructuring and reorganisation of businesses, helping to develop and implement strategy and improve their viability.

Seven years as Town chief executive until February 2016.

JULIAN WINTER

Age 50

Born Huddersfield

University Sheffield Hallam

Career

Ten years in professional football.

Played for Town (108 games) before a £50,000 transfer to Sheffield United in July 1989.

Never made a competitive appearance for the Blades after suffering a series of knee injuries which forced his retirement at 27.

After gaining his degree, worked at Grimsby Town and managed Sheffield Wednesday’s community and trust programme before joining Watford as 2006.

After overseeing the award-winning Community Sports and Education Trust, he was chief executive from 2008-2011.

Two spells as chief exec at Sheffield United and one at Notts County before joining Town last month.