Ross Wilson reckons Chris Powell has what’s needed to hit the ground running as Huddersfield Town manager.

The 45-year-old is a week into his new job and three days away from his first match, at home to Middlesbrough.

Wigan Athletic visit the John Smith’s Stadium next Tuesday.

And Town have their latest derby against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday week.

It’s an exciting agenda for a squad which now includes deadline-day defensive signing Mark Hudson.

Huddersfield Town training at Canalside - Mark Hudson.
 

Powell’s immediate priority is to engineer a first home win of the season and lead a side currently 21st up the Championship table.

“We think we have done good business in all the recent transfer windows, not least the last one,” said football operations chief Wilson.

“The squad has a better mix of experience and the younger element than previously.

“We know Chris has excellent leadership qualities and hope he can get as much out of the players as possible.

“He knows this division and he knows his squad.

“At interview, there were some things he could tell us about the players that we didn’t know, and that was impressive.

“He doesn’t need a period of time to suss things out.

“We have been able to establish ourselves in the Championship but now we want to push on.”

Wilson added: “Taking Charlton Athletic to ninth position in their first season back in the Championship (in 2012-13) was a great achievement.

“Chris knows what he is doing and he is full of positivity and enthusiasm.

“We were thorough in our recruitment process and we didn’t find anybody who had anything negative to say about Chris.

“Our research showed he is a great guy, he is very diligent and he is very knowledgeable.”

Middlesbrough have been boosted by former England defender Jonathan Woodgate’s return to training after a hamstring injury.

Another centre-back Ben Gibson is also on the way back from a similar injury and will compete for a place to face Town.