Huddersfield Town's Jonathan Hogg is enjoying life on and off the pitch after swapping Hertfordshire for Yorkshire.

The 24-year-old former Watford midfielder has been a driving force in Town’s encouraging start to the campaign.

Despite last Saturday’s 2-1 derby setback at Barnsley, Mark Robins’ men are 12th in the Championship and through to round three of the Capital One Cup.

 

Hogg has featured in all but one of the seven league and cup games so far, missing the 1-1 home draw with QPR because of illness.

Town, whose head of football operations Ross Wilson previously worked for Watford, moved quickly after learning the former Aston Villa man wanted a move North.

“I’ve got a wife and two daughters, but they stayed back up in Middlesbrough,” explained Hogg, who was born and bred on Teesside and had two years at Vicarage Road.

“I was spending a lot of time on the train – driving was just too much of a hassle – and when I was down South, living on my own in St Albans.

“The family used to come down as often as they could, but it was a big ask to keep making my kids travel such a long distance.

“I had a nice house in a nice town, but the bottom line was that away from football, I just wasn’t enjoying myself.

“Being settled is important in any walk of life, and I’m loving being back with the family up in Middlesbrough and doing all those everyday things I couldn’t do before.”

Hogg, who came through the youth system at Middlesbrough before joining Villa in 2009, signed a three-year deal on joining Town in late July.

And having challenged from promotion to the Premier League with Watford last time around, he sees no reason why Town can’t emulate the Hornets.

“It might take us a few years, but Watford don’t really have anything that Huddersfield don’t. There’s no reason why we can’t kick on,” he said.

“We’ve got an ambitious chairman, a go-ahead manager and a good squad with competition for places.

“Okay, we’ve lost a couple of games, but we’ve held our own in all the matches so far, and we’re still gelling as a team.”

Hard-working Hogg has been tasked with policing Town’s 3-5-2 system and added: “The gaffer’s told me to organise the lads a bit!

“But we’ve got the players to play that system, so I don’t have to do too much talking.

“When we haven’t got the ball it’s five at the back and when we’re attacking it’s three. It’s all about pass and move and it’s hard to play against.

“If you’ve got the ball then the opposition can’t score. And if you’re making them chase around after you, they’ll hopefully lose energy and that’ll help create opportunities.

“We’ve put a lot of work into the new system, and I think our fans have seen evidence that if we stick with it, it will work.”

There will be no webchat today due to Huddersfield Town not playing at the weekend. The webchat will be back as normal next Monday from 12.30pm.