Mark Hudson is looking forward to meeting up with his friends in the North – and starting the next chapter in his football career.
The 32-year-old centre-back made Huddersfield Town his fifth permanent club since starting out at Fulham when he agreed a two-year contract.
Hudson had been just over five years at Cardiff City when he made the move to West Yorkshire last Monday.
The transfer was announced less than an hour before the 11.00pm deadline, but the switch wasn’t quite that dramatic.
“I actually knew of Huddersfield’s interest a few weeks ago,” revealed the ex-Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic man.
“As is often the case, there was a bit of a chain, with Cardiff looking to bring players in before others could go.
“When it became clear I could well be leaving, I got a few calls from other clubs, Huddersfield among them.
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“Cardiff gave me permission to speak to other clubs last Friday, and I had a couple of conversations with Dean Hoyle.
“I liked what he had to say about how he wanted to take the club forward and how he wanted me to be a part of that.
“I decided I wanted to be a part of it as well, and I came up on Monday to get everything sorted.”
Having trained with his new teammates at PPG Canalside this week, Hudson, originally from Guildford in Surrey, is now house-hunting.
“Because I had a spell on loan at Oldham Athletic early in my career, this area isn’t completely unfamiliar to me,” he added.
“I have two boys, a one-year-old and a four-year-old, and we’ll be moving up here as a family, which I think is important.
“Quite a few of my footballing friends have also moved to Northern clubs, so it will be nice to have the chance to meet up with them.”
Hudson, who captained Cardiff to promotion from the Championship in 2013, will also be leaving a lot of friends in South Wales.
“I had a great time there,” explained the man who also won promotion to the Premier League with Palace in 2004.
“Wearing the armband was a real honour, and I had a really good relationship with the fans.
“A few things have happened lately which weren’t to my liking, but I will always hold the club in high regard.
“Things change in football though, and I’m looking forward to getting cracking here at Huddersfield.”
The current international break means Hudson will have to wait until next Saturday’s visit of Middlesbrough to make his debut.
“It’s frustrating in one way,” he admitted. “But I’m looking at the positives.
“It gives me a chance to settle in, get to know the lads and the way they play.
“This is a new start for me, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”