HUDDERSFIELD Town have sealed a double signing by bringing in teenage centre-back Liam Cooper on a season-long loan from Hull alongside experienced attacking midfielder Tommy Miller.
The addition of 19-year-old Scotland junior international Cooper provides boss Lee Clark with a pacy defender who is naturally left footed (skipper Peter Clarke played on that side of central defence last season).
In Miller, Town have recruited a proven goalscorer (he has notched more than 100 in a career which has taken in Hartlepool, Ipswich (in two spells), Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday) who is desperate to prove he can still cut it at 32.
Cooper, whose loan spell at Carlisle last season was interrupted by a broken hand sustained when playing in the League I game against Town at the Galpharm in February, will be available for the Carling Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but not the FA Cup.
Miller has signed a one-year deal and like fellow new arrivals Cooper, Donal McDermott, Oscar Gobern and Calum Woods, is in line to feature in tomorrow’s opening friendly at Gateshead (3.00).
The Blue Square Premier club had been keen to take the six-footer back to his native North-East, while Bradford’s former Town boss Peter Jackson was also keen.
But Miller explained: "A few clubs have shown an interest, but when Huddersfield came in it really caught my eye.
"I’m coming here on a one-year contract but I want to earn a longer deal. For now I’m just looking forward to the start of the season.
"I played against Huddersfield last season. They play good football and are set up to move to a higher level. They were very unlucky not to get promoted and I want to be a part of the team going one better this term."
On Cooper, boss Clark explained: "As well as being a very aggressive boy with excellent reading of the game, Liam brings a bit of extra pace and mobility to the centre back area and, importantly, he is left footed.
"We have found it really hard to find a quality left-sided centre half since I’ve been here and Peter Clarke has done terrifically on that side, but Liam would give us that bit of balance if he forces his way into the side.
"Nigel Pearson (Hull City manager) rates him very highly and I understand why. I already had my own thoughts on him following our scouting process and having seen him play against us for Carlisle, but his recommendation sealed the deal."
Miller has spent the last two seasons at Hillsborough, netting 11 goals last time around, but explained: "I left Sheffield Wednesday on a bit of a sour note. Three weeks from the end of the season I believed I was getting a new deal but it never materialised.
"But that’s in the past. I’m just delighted to be at Huddersfield as we have a fantastic squad of players here with high competition for places, which is exactly what you want."
Cooper is said to be a good reader of the game and his attitude while on loan was said by Carlisle manager Greg Abbott to be "first class".