Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner praised Martin Cranie as he looked forward to continuing pre-season preparations back at PPG Canalside.

Versatile defender Cranie and his teammates return to England from their Swedish training camp on Tuesday.

Wagner will then get down to work on home territory ahead of the opening friendly at Guiseley on Wednesday, July 6 (7.45).

Nethermoor was the scene of Cranie’s first appearances in a Town shirt 12 months ago.

At that time the 29-year-old former Barnsley skipper was a trialist after leaving Oakwell.

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He was signed by Chris Powell in late July 2015 and Wagner has activated an option to extend his contract to next summer.

Cranie, who has also played for Southampton, Portsmouth and Coventry City, figured in 39 matches last season.

“Martin gets a lot of time on the pitch because he is reliable,” said Wagner.

“He nearly always delivers and has a very important place in the squad.

“Martin is experienced and a good age. He knows the Championship and he knows our identity.

“It made sense to keep him for another year.”