IN-FORM Town head for Yeovil tomorrow with keeper Nick Colgan predicting nothing but good things ahead for the buoyant club.
The 37-year-old – who lost his place on the bench to Alex Smithies for Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Hartlepool – certainly knows a good thing when he sees it having played for Drogheda, Chelsea, Crewe, Grimsby, Brentford, Reading, Bournemouth, Hibernian, Stockport, Barnsley, Dundee United, Ipswich, Sunderland and Town in a 20-year career.
He’s been mightily impressed by Lee Clark’s Galpharm set-up since returning for a second spell until the end of the season – and he has no doubts Town can match the promotion he enjoyed just down the road at Oakwell a few years ago.
“No matter what anyone thinks, this football club is heading in the right direction,” said Colgan, who impressed in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Carlisle and who has been providing back-up to Ian Bennett during Smithies’ injury absence.
“We are unbeaten in the league since New Year and, from top to bottom at this place, everybody wants the same thing – to achieve promotion.
“People shouldn’t get too downhearted when we get draws, like against Dagenham and Leyton Orient last week, because those two points could prove to be crucial ones at the end of the season.
“We went up to Hartlepool and came away with three points from a very tricky fixture and now we re-focus again for the trip to Yeovil.
“The team are still very much in the mix at the top end of the table and, while there are going to be ups and downs between now and the end of the season, we will apply ourselves in the right manner for every game and, if we can get the right results, then hopefully we’ll be back in the automatic promotion places.”
Colgan believes Town have a better squad than the one he was part of at Barnsley and which went up to the Championship in 2005-06.
“This Town squad isn’t a good one, it’s an excellent one and without any disrespect to the players I played with at Barnsley at that time, this is a far superior squad to that one,” he continued.
“The management and staff here, and everything that goes on in the background at the club, is very professional.
“Go back a few years and a club like Huddersfield just wouldn’t have been able to sign players of top-level international experience like Kevin Kilbane, Damien Johnson and Joey Gudjonsson – they just wouldn’t have come here – so it speaks volumes of the big steps which have been taken here to put the club on such a positive footing.
“Maybe the expectations in some sections are a little bit high, but we are all realistic in the dressing room and we know we’ve got a quality squad with quality players and there’s a very good backroom staff, so as long as everybody carries on pulling in the same direction, there could well be a very positive outcome at the end of the season.”
Colgan still works at Barnsley coaching the academy goalkeepers four nights a week, but he has relished the chance to get involved on the playing side with Town, having not had a game at Grimsby all season.
“Having had a year at Grimsby it’s like night and day coming here,”he said.
“I know Grimsby is a smaller club and they don’t have the resources of a Huddersfield, but to come into such a professional environment, where everything is done in the correct manner from your meals after training to travel, training, rest and recuperation and the fitness stuff, it really is tremendous,” he added.
“Everything here is set up not just for the next level but the one after that and being here has really renewed my love for the game and renewed my enthusiasm.
“Throughout the club we are all fighting for the same thing, it’s a pleasure to be involved and we have to remain aware there are a lot of games to play and an awful lot of points to battle for.
“So the only thing we are working for and living for as a whole club between now and the end of the season is achieving promotion.”