Joel Coleman has put pen to paper on a three year deal with Huddersfield Town.

And the 20-year-old from Oldham Athletic won't be the last stopper through the doors of PPG Canalside this summer.

It's been well-documented that Town are short in the goalkeeping department, after the departure of Jed Steer back to Aston Villa at the conclusion of the 2015/16 campaign.

An injury to Joe Murphy, which could keep the Irishman out until October, coupled with Lloyd Allinson's release, has left David Wagner determined to recruit two senior stoppers to swell the ranks in the goalkeeping department.

The signing of 6ft6 Coleman is an excellent start - and could prove to be a cracking piece of business.

New Huddersfield Town keeper Joel Coleman in action for Oldham Athletic

Although it's an undisclosed fee, reports in Lancashire reckon it to be £100,000, which for a 20-year-old keeper with a wealth of experience under his gloves looks to be a bargain.

A total of 45 appearances in League One before getting the key to the door isn't usual when it comes to keepers, who traditionally mature later.

Injury to Jake Kean gave Coleman his initial chance in March 2015, but he made the most of it and earned the no.1 shirt - and made significant strides towards the end of last season.

David Wagner says he expects him to challenge for the starting spot at Town, so who will be his competition?

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Luke Coddington has already agreed a deal to join from Middlesbrough on July 1, and although he will have personal ambitions of making the first team, the club have stressed he will be working with the Development Squad rather than the first team.

Another keeper is certain to be recruited to join Coleman in the first team dressing room.

The one name that refuses to go away is Danny Ward.

Town are known to be keen admirers of the young Liverpool stopper, who has impressed on loan at Aberdeen and in his chances under Jurgen Klopp for the Reds.

No deal has yet been done for the stopper, but he is firmly on the radar for a year-long loan switch.

Danny Ward of Liverpool smiles during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal

The Wales international is part of Chris Coleman's Euro 2016 squad however, and played a half as the Welsh lost to Sweden in a warm-up game for the tournament at the weekend.

Any deal will probably have to wait until he returns from France.

Ward, 22, joined Liverpool from Wrexham in 2011 and has already had loans at Morecambe and Aberdeen.

Questions have been asked over Simon Mignolet's form for the Reds, but the Anfield outfit have already moved to sign Loris Karius and minutes under Klopp look hard to come by for Ward.

And although he is in the long term plan on Merseyside, a loan deal to a Championship club could be the best solution.

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If he does arrive, he will be desperate to earn the minutes and give the kind of displays to catch Klopp's eye - a clear boost for Town.

And while Coleman should be breathing down his neck for his own games, the chance to bed in slowly and learn the demands of both Wagner and a higher division will be of long term benefit.

If he doesn't grab the no.1 slot immediately, it doesn't mean the move has been a failure - a season to learn will be invaluable.

Town have the option of an extra year beyond the initial three, and there is clearly potential for Coleman to turn into a top stopper.

His age clearly shows Town are planning for the years, rather than months, to come.

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