Mark Hudson says he is eyeing an upward curve with Huddersfield Town and proclaimed: “Judge us after Christmas.”

The new centre-back signing is set for a debut in Chris Powell’s first match as manager at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Hudson beat last week’s transfer deadline to arrive from Cardiff City two days before Powell’s appointment.

The pair were briefly teammates at Charlton Athletic in 2008, and Powell was consulted over Hudson’s signing.

Town, 21st in the Championship, are aiming to put up the shutters after conceding 13 goals in their first five games.

They will face a 16th-placed Middlesbrough side boosted by he arrival of two new frontmen, Dutchman Jelle Vossen and on-loan Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford.

They will join Spaniard Kike, who has scored three times since his summer arrival from Murcia.

Town have chalked up only one win in their five league games so far, 2-1 at Reading, and lost three.

 

Hudson said: “It’s not been the best of starts, but there’s a lot of football to be played.

“With the managerial appointment, we can now go forward from a position of stability.

“There are good players at this club and my message to the fans is judge us after Christmas.

“That’s when you get to the real nitty gritty of the season, and we plan to be in a much better position by then.”