Andy Hughes says it’s a “privilege” to be appointed first-team coach at Huddersfield Town.

Now the 38-year-old former Leeds United, Norwich City, Reading and Notts County player, who has spent the last three months working at Crystal Palace after leaving Town’s Championship rivals Rotherham United, can’t wait to get cracking.

He will work alongside head coach David Wagner and his assistant Christophe Buehler having replaced Mike Marsh, who has taken up a new role with England Under 17s.

Hughes, in the Palace dug-out for last Saturday’s FA Cup final meeting with Manchester United, has also coached at Bolton Wanderers.

He explained: “I was asked to come and meet David and Christophe.

“They were after someone who is young, knows the different leagues and is willing to learn and buy into their philosophy and structures.

“It’s a philosophy which excites me, and I have always thought of Huddersfield as a fantastic club.

“The stadium, the set-up at the training ground and the loyal support - it’s all there.

“I feel privileged to have this chance. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to learn, progress as a coach and help keep this club on an upward curve.”

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Stockport-born Hughes, who also had spells at Scunthorpe United, Charlton Athletic, where he began his coaching badges, and Bolton, added: “I am here to help David and Christophe.

“But my role is also in helping the players and learning what makes them tick.

“This job is not just about coaching players, it’s about getting the best out of them.”

A midfielder or full-back, he began his playing career at Oldham Athletic and also had spells with Scunthorpe United, Charlton Athletic, where he began his coaching badges, and Bolton.

He was a promotion winner with Notts (League II) and Leeds, Reading and Charlton (League I).

Marsh arrived at Town alongside Wagner and Buehler in November.

The club were keen to bring in an English coach in to help the German duo make the transition to English football.

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Town finished 19th in the Championship, with Wagner winning 10 of his 30 league games at the helm.

The squad will return for pre-season training on Friday, June 24.