Mark Robins says adding some proven Championship experience to his Huddersfield Town player pool is the top priority this close-season.
But the boss remains well aware of the need to develop from within, and will be keeping close tabs on tonight’s Professional Development League II play-off semi-final against QPR at the John Smith’s Stadium (7.00).
As Town’s title-winning Under 21s compete for the chance to play Cardiff or Crewe, who meet in South Wales tonight, Robins is already looking towards another Championship campaign in the wake of Monday’s safety-sealing 2-1 win at Yeovil.
“We have two important games remaining (at home to Leicester on Saturday and at Watford in May 3), but we can also start to plan in earnest for next season,” said Robins, who has a dozen players out of contract.
“We need some real quality Championship experience to go along with what we already have in the building.
“We want to promote from within, but I also want to bring in the right people to give the players who have done very well at times this season that help moving forward.
“We can now look to do one or two things we couldn’t do prior to getting those three points to seal our place in this division.
“It’s taken us too long to secure safety, and we have to try to stop that happening again.”
At the centre of next season’s plans are strike duo Nahki Wells and the currently sidelined James Vaughan.
Wells notched a seventh goal since his Town-record £1.3m January move from Bradford down at Yeovil and Robins added: “He has been outstanding and will continue to be so.”
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