David Wagner insists Huddersfield Town fans should remain positive going into the close-season despite the 5-1 final-day home thumping by Brentford.

Behind after just 21 seconds, Town levelled through Jamie Paterson early in the second half.

But three goals in 15 minutes swung the game firmly in the favour of the Londoners, who got their fifth late on.

The loss came on the back of a 4-0 defeat at Bristol City and left Town in a final position of 19th, the same as when Wagner took over in November.

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However, the head coach insists the situation should be gauged on all 30 of his league games to date, not just the last two.

Looking to next season, the German has already clinched the free-transfer signings of compatriots Chris Loewe and Michael Hefele, both defenders.

Rajiv van La Parra, praised by Wagner for his performance as a stand-in for injured striker Nahki Wells, will make his loan from Wolves permanent in a £750,000 move.

And Town remain interested in a deal for on-loan Nottingham Forest player Paterson, who bagged his eighth Town goal against Brentford, for whom he is also a reported target.

A final decision has yet to be made on whether to take up the one-year option on his fellow forward and former Algerian international Karim Matmour.

But loanees Emyr Huws and keeper Jed Steer will now return to Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa respectively.

And striker Ishmael Miller, midfielder Duane Holmes and Lloyd Allinson, who made his debut as a 15th-minute substitute for the injured Steer against Brentford, will leave Town.

“We will give the squad a facelift with some new signings and develop the interesting players we already have,” said the boss, who has been linked with Fleetwood Town keeper Chris Maxwell as well as a loan move for Liverpool stopper Danny Ward.

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“We will also push forward in terms of our backroom staff (having already recruited John Iga as head of performance, Town have a replacement lined up for first-team coach Mike Marsh, who is joining the England junior set-up).

“The club are also working on the overall infrastructure and all these pieces together will help us push forward.

“As a staff, we will think about the past, and the last two games will help us make certain decisions, but everyone can also be excited about the future.”