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Huddersfield Town to make decisions on nine out of contract first-team squad members

Have your say on who should stay and who should go

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner

As many as nine Huddersfield Town first-team players are out of contract in the summer.

And while the club has a one-year option on four of them, new deals must be negotiated with the rest.

James Vaughan, as well as Development squad duo Ben Holmes and Ed Wilczynski, are out of contract and will be departing, having already been informed they will not be offered an extension.

But what of the others?

We examine the key decisions that must be made with the current squad before summer recruitment begins in earnest - and you can have your say below.

Mark Hudson

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town v Fulham - Mark Hudson equalises for Town.

The captain has already revealed he is in contract discussions with Town , a fact that should come as no surprise. David Wagner’s trusted lieutenant at the heart of the defence, his leadership is vital to what remains a young, developing squad.

Although he came in for criticism from fans earlier in the season for some mixed performances, the skipper remained one of the first names on the teamsheet and has been vital in both penalty areas this term.

He gave a towering display in the 4-1 drubbing of Leeds , and should be signed up to lead the team on the field for the seasons to come.

Jonathan Hogg

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town (1) v Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) - Jonathan Hogg.

Town have a one year option on Hogg’s current deal, and it seems certain they will exercise it.

The doom and gloom that surrounded Dean Whitehead’s December injury proved unfounded as Hogg stood up and provided resolute cover for the defence, put in tackles and won the ball back in key areas. In fact, it wasn’t until Hogg sustained his own long-term injury lay-off that Whitehead won his starting role back.

In Wagner’s 4-2-3-1 formation, a lot of pressure is placed on the defensive midfielder to protect those behind him and recycle possession for those in front. Hogg is an excellent candidate and a replacement wouldn’t come cheap.

Karim Matmour

Sky Bet Championship - Derby County (2) v Huddersfield Town (0) - Karim Matmour.

Another player whose current deal gives Town the option of an additional 12 months, Karim Matmour became David Wagner’s first permanent signing when he was captured on a free in January . He’s since made 10 appearances for the Terriers, and grabbed a first goal at Elland Road - tapping home for the third goal in the 4-1 derby victory away at Leeds.

The Algerian striker knows David Wagner well from his time in Germany and has almost 300 Bundesliga games under his belt.

Has shown his ability to make clever runs and find space, but is still adapting to the English game.

Lloyd Allinson

U21 Premier League Cup Semi-Final. Huddersfield Town v Hull City. Lloyd Allinson.

The fact that Aston Villa loanee Jed Steer is the undisputed owner of the no.1 spot means Town have an issue at goalkeeper.

Joe Murphy has been back-up, while Lloyd Allinson has made the bench but hasn’t played a competitive first team minute and at 22 is still playing his football for Frankie Bunn’s Development Squad.

Topwn have the option to extend Allinson's contract by an additional year, but the keeper hasn’t been given the chance to step up yet, which perhaps indicates Wagner is still considering.

He has been at the club since the age of 10, but if he hasn’t yet made the breakthrough to the first team the time may be right for him to move on, although the departure of Ed Wilczynski may earn him a reprieve.

Martin Cranie

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town (1) v Burnley (3) - Martin Cranie and Andre Gray.

Cranie completes the first team quartet on whom Town have one-year options.

With a total of 36 appearances in all competitions so far this term across defence and midfield, his versatility has proved a boon for David Wagner.

An able deputy for Mark Hudson and Joel Lynch at centre back, he can also be used further forward in a midfield emergency.

Ishmael Miller

Sky Bet Championship - Brentford (4) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Ishmael Miller and Maxime Colin.

Signed in February 2015, Ishmael Miller’s time at Town looks certain to come to an end this summer.

He hasn’t featured since the 5-2 defeat at Reading in the cup replay and hasn’t played a minute in the league since before Christmas, when he was withdrawn at half time against Brentford.

Wagner’s system calls for a mobile forward to lead the line on his own - and Miller hasn’t come close to challenging Nahki Wells in that position, and has often struggled to make the bench.

A succession of injury niggles haven’t helped, but he’ll be off to pastures new ahead of next term.

Duane Holmes

Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic. Sky Bet Championship. John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Duane Holmes goal celebration.

Born in America, Duane Holmes has been bred in the Town Academy - first pulling on the shirt at the age of nine and making his first team debut while still a teenager.

He immediately caught the eye with a succession of appearances under Mark Robins in 2013, and then spent time on loan at Yeovil and Bury.

The midfielder has made six appearances this season, five under Wagner, and scored his first senior goal in the 5-0 thrashing of Charlton but hasn't played in the first team since January and has found it tricky to earn minutes in a competitive squad.

William Boyle

Huddersfield Town training session at The John Smith's Stadium. William Boyle.

Came on as a late sub in the last-gasp defeat to Preston North End for his only first team appearance under David Wagner, and is now back on loan at relegation-threatened York City , who are desperately trying to preserve their Football League status.

A centre-back who has come through the Academy production line, he has also had loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers and Macclesfield Town.

At 20, he is still young, but his failure to really light up the League Two scene indicates he is still some way short of challenging for a spot at Town and he may seek regular football elsewhere.

Joe Wright, Sam Guthrie and Joe Wilkinson are all out of contract, while the club also have one year options on Tadhg Ryan, Fraser Horsfall, Callum Charlton and Jack Senior.

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