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Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins insists fans' favourite Jon Stead can have a season to remember – once he's firing on all cylinders.

The 30-year-old academy graduate sprung off the bench to bag a man-of-the-man performance in Saturday's goalless draw against Doncaster.

And after quickly settling back at his boyhood club, the striker looks set to replicate his teenage heroics with the Terriers, according to the Huddersfield Town manager.            

“Jon's a member of the squad, there's a lot of players that are looking to play in the same position, but it's great to have competition for places and Jon provides that,” he said.

 

“I've got a really clear picture of what Jon can provide for us and at the minute, coming off the bench, he's making a big impact.

“From that perspective, he's doing what is expected of him and what has been asked of him.”

Stead's impressive performance in an otherwise tight game could see him favoured up-front against Charlton Athletic tomorrow night, where he'll be hoping to mark his Huddersfield return with his first goal back up north.

After nearly a decade away from Huddersfield, Robins says the target man's experience could see him mark his return with another successful spell in his home town.

“He's got great experience - a good lad around the place – everything we all know about Jon Stead,” added Robins.

“If we can get him firing on all cylinders – he knows he can have a really good season here. That's what he wants and that's what we all want.”

Robins is also hoping Jazz Richards will receive international clearance from FIFA to make his debut on loan from Swansea City – but admits time is running out for tomorrow's Championship clash and left him out of his plan's at today's training session.

The 22-year-old had to watch from the sidelines for the Rovers visit, despite being pencilled in at right wing-back in the run-up.

Robins said: “What's potentially going to happen is that he won't play if we don't get the clearance.

“Really, I'm not counting on him as part of the plans for today, so we've just got to wait and see. We're in the lap of the Gods on that one.”

Elsewhere, the boss has a fully-fit squad to select from and is keen to push-on up the table.

“We've got to work hard – I don't think I'm on my own saying that either.

“I think everybody up and down the country, every single week will say the same thing. We've just got to work.”