New signing Jack Payne says doing his homework on Huddersfield Town soon convinced him he is making the right move.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has signed a three-year contract (Town have the option of adding a further 12 months) after rejecting a
new deal at League I Southend United.
There was plenty of interest in the Essex club's player of the season, who made 88 appearances and scored 17 goals for them.
The level of compensation due to Southend (because Payne is under 24 and was offered new terms) is yet to be settled.
But the player has no doubt he has made the right choice, explaining: "The more I looked into the move, the more it appealed.
"Huddersfield's interest became clear a while back, and this is a great chance to play for a good club at a higher level.
"I have had a great time at Southend and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me, but the time is right for me to step up the
"The manager here, the style of football he likes, the size of the club, the stadium and the supporters, having the chance to play in the Championship, it's all what I wanted."
Payne, who was on Tottenham Hotspur's books as a schoolboy but came through Southend's youth system, says he likes to play as a 'number
"I know Huddersfield play 4-3-2-1 and I like to be in the middle of that three, getting on the ball and trying to creative chances and
score some goals myself," he added.
"All I have heard about the club and the manager has been good and I think Huddersfield will suit me. I can't wait to be a part of things."