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Huddersfield Town players who cost nothing - and contributed plenty to the cause

Ten of the club's best free-transfer signings

Huddersfield Town (0) v Leicester City (2) - Peter Clarke.

Huddersfield Town fans are keeping a close eye on the transfer window and what money might be spent by the club.

But they’ve always had a keen eye for a bargain over the years, and that free-transfer signing who comes in and makes a big impact.

Many such players at Town have become firm favourites among the fans, so here are a selection of the best to wear blue and white stripes:

Terry Poole from Manchester United – August 1968

Dependable keeper who was a key man in the last Town side to win promotion to the top flight in 1970. Might have had an England call-up but for a broken leg.

Malcolm Brown from Bury – May 1977

Malcolm Brown - HTAFC Legends

Signed by Tom Johnston, but remembered as the overlapping full-back of Mick Buxton’s promotion teams of 1980 and 1983. Had two spells at Town and topped 400 appearances.

Dave Cowling from Mansfield Town – July 1977

Another Johnston signing who shone under Buxton as a left winger who created a string of goals and chipped in with some memorable ones himself.

Phil Starbuck from Nottingham Forest – August 1991

An Eoin Hand capture who fired in 37 goals in three years with the club and formed a fine frontline partnership with Iwan Roberts.

Barry Horne from Birmingham City – October 1997

Barry Horne - Huddersfield Town

Experienced and no-nonsense Welsh international midfielder who was highly effective in Peter Jackson’s ‘Great Escape’ Division I (now Championship) campaign of 1997-98.

Rob Edwards from Chesterfield – July 2003

Returned for a second spell at Town and played a key role in promotion from the basement division via the play-offs in 2004.

Rob Page from Coventry City – January 2008

The seasoned Welsh international centre-back was recruited by Andy Ritchie for a short but effective Town stint.

Lee Peltier from Yeovil Town – July 2009

The Anfield product was sound at right-back in his first Town spell and yielded a near £1m transfer fee when he joined Leicester City in 2011.

Peter Clarke from Southend United – July 2009

Commanding captain and centre-back who was twice Town’s Player of the Year and skippered the side to Wembley League I play-off glory in 2012.

Joel Lynch from Nottingham Forest – July 2012

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town (4) v Bolton Wanderers (1) - Joel Lynch goal.

Still going strong on the left of Town’s defence, he was snapped up by Simon Grayson following promotion to the Championship.


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