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Huddersfield Town sign Dynamo Dresden defender Michael Hefele on three-year deal

David Wagner says his style will suit the Championship perfectly

Huddersfield Town have signed promotion-winning Dynamo Dresden captain Michael Hefele on a three-year contract.

The 25-year-old centre-back will arrive as a free agent at the John Smith’s Stadium on July 1.

Hefele joins fellow German arrival Chris Loewe in David Wagner’s Championship squad for next season and the head coach expects the 6ft 4in defender – who watched Town play Burnley in March – to make a big impression.

“Michael’s qualities will suit the Skybet Championship perfectly – he enjoys the physical battle with the strikers and all aspects of defending, plus he is happy to play with the ball on the pitch,” said Wagner.

“He also has an excellent mentality and character – 100% professional on and off the pitch.

“As a young man of 25, he has led his club to promotion as captain and has enjoyed the experience of playing in front of 30,000 home fans every weekend.

“When we met Michael, that character was obvious – as was his desire to play and succeed in England.

“Bringing Michael Hefele to Huddersfield Town is another sign of the progress the club is making.”

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Hefele will be hoping to help Dynamo Dresden clinch the 3.Bundesliga title before he leaves in the summer, having helped them clinch promotion with five games to spare.

They have lost just two of 34 games so far and top the table by eight points.

Hefele, born in Bavaria, started his career at another third-tier club, Spielvereinigung Unterhaching, progressing through the youth system before making 32 senior appearances.

He moved to Bundesliga outfit SpVgg Greuther Fürth in 2012, where he made his German top-flight debut.

Hefele spent six months on loan at SV Wacker Burghausen at start of 2014, making 15 appearances in the third tier, before joining Dynamo Dresden in June of that year.

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He’s been a regular at Dresden and has netted 10 goals in 72 appearances in the last two seasons.

He was made captain ahead of the current campaign, when he has scored six goals in 34 league appearances.

Wagner added: “I have always said I would like two players in every position and Michael’s arrival means we have four great centre-backs at the club in him, Mark Hudson, Joel Lynch and Martin Cranie.

“That will help me make good decisions to keep the team fresh and performing to its best.”


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