HE MIGHT be long gone from Huddersfield, but Iwan Roberts would love to see Town playing in the Championship.

The popular striker whose playing career took off after a £275,000 transfer from Watford to Leeds Road in 1990, was at the Swansea-Town clash in his latest capacity as a football pundit for BBC Wales.

After enjoying a reunion with Kieran O'Regan - now, of course, a radio summariser - he watched another old Town teammate Peter Jackson's team fight out that 2-2 draw.

"Speaking from the heart, I'd like to see both Town and Swansea go up," said the fluent Welsh speaker who made 15 appearances for his country in a career which also took in Leicester, Wolves, Norwich, Gillingham and Cambridge.

"But using the head, it would also make sense.

"They're both geared for bigger things given their grounds and support base, more so, in my opinion, than the likes of Southend, Colchester and Brentford.

"I know Town have been through the mill over the last five years.

"But it's tremendous to see them doing well again, and I'm really pleased for my old mate Peter Jackson."

While Jackson is enjoying his second spell at the Town helm, 38-year-old Roberts, who had a taste of coaching at Gillingham, insists he his happy being out of football - even though his still lives in Kent and so faces the grind of regular drives along the M4.

"Playing football is a great way of life, but it can't go on for ever, and I really enjoy my media work," he said.

"It's ironic that we had only just moved from Norwich to Kent when my Gillingham stint ended, and while the driving is a bit of a drag, you just have to get on with it.

"With a decent run, it's a couple of hours from home to Cardiff, which is bearable."

The Ninian Park side are Roberts' main focus, and he was back at Watford, where he was a trainee, to see them lose 2-1 last Saturday.

It wasn't an especially happy afternoon for Cameron Jerome, their Huddersfield-born ace.

But Roberts is tipping the 19-year-old, who has 17 goals this season, to be a big hit.

"He's a top talent and getting better all the time," he said. "It's only a matter of time before he moves upwards."