The signing of Jack Payne is undeniably exciting - and something of a coup for Huddersfield Town.

Released by Tottenham Hotspur as a teenager, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder joined Southend at u15 level and has gone on to make 88 appearances for the senior side over the past three seasons.

Last term, he was the club’s top scorer in the league with nine - a figure which would have placed him second behind Nahki Wells had he produced the same in a Town shirt during 2015/16.

Payne has been linked with a string of Championship clubs, including Wolves and Ipswich Town, with Sparta Rotterdam also being mentioned in connection with his signature.

And although he is out of contract, Payne is under 24 and money will change hands.

Jack Payne signs for Huddersfield Town from Southend United

However, it is Town that have emerged victorious in this particular chas e, and have added a young, creative force who is still expected to grow and improve.

And given he will take his next steps under the tutelage of Wagner, who relishes nourishing youthful talent, steps could turn into giant strides sooner rather than later.

Wagner is fond of reminding the press and supporters that he is in charge of a young squad still learning their craft, and that is particularly true of his forward line - counting the front four in the 4-2-3-1 formation that Town fans are now so familiar with.

Wells is 26, undoubtedly and deservedly the main man in this system, and that won’t change, even though the recruitment of a second striker is a summer must.

And while he is several laps ahead in the scoring stakes, he is also leads the way in age and experience when it comes to the attacking group.

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Even in midfield, Philip Billing is still 19 while summer addition Ivan Paurevic is 24 - although he does have 57 league appearances for FC Ufa under his belt.

But further forward, Payne will bring down the average of age of a group composed of players who all have their best years in front of them.

Joe Lolley and Harry Bunn are 23, Rajiv van la Parra and Sean Scannell are 25 and Jordy Hiwula (should he stay) is 21.

Should Town manage to secure the deal for Jamie Paterson that fans so desire, that adds a 24-year-old to the mix.

The improvement in Lolley’s game over the past 12 months is just one indication of the talent that this manager has in identifying and refining untapped potential.

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Payne’s skill, technical ability and eye for a goal has added an extra facet to a squad that should be well capable of getting supporters’ pulses racing and opposing defences quaking.

But is there room for a more experienced head as well?

Dean Whitehead and Mark Hudson are the elder statesmen of Huddersfield Town, but neither would mind admitting that their strengths do not lie in creating goals. They can offer leadership and experience in the dressing room, but little in the way of advice and support in the opposition penalty area.

Wells has embraced his role as leading man, and his shoulders will have become far broader over the last 12 months.

But someone with a few more years in their boots to guide the attacking players and take some pressure off the Bermudian would benefit all concerned - providing the right man can be found for a price that makes sense. They’re unlikely to be needed to play every week.

Marrying youth and experience, far from balancing the scales, should tip them in the club’s favour.

Even if that man doesn’t arrive, the signing of Payne should excite supporters. He was a wanted man who has the potential to turn into an excellent player, and he clearly suits a manager who wants to protect the ball, attack and entertain.

Regardless of age, if those are the qualities the new recruits will bring to the dressing room, fans can eye next season’s fixture list with a growing sense of impatience and hope.