Huddersfield Town have completed the signing of Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady.

The 21-year-old arrives on a three-year deal for a £375,000 fee and Town have the option of a fourth year on the former Sheffield United loanee.

Mark Robins was quick to snap up the Reds youngster as Adam Clayton's much-publicised move to Middlesbrough appears to draw closer to a conclusion and Town have acted swiftly as a result to draft in a player who can operate in a similar position.

The signing of the Liverpool man also bolsters Town's Merseyside contingent in addition to the likes of Anthony Gerrard, Lee Peltier and Adam Hammill, while James Vaughan also has links after his time at Everton.

Coady arrives with rave reviews from his time with the Blades and the Terriers beat off competition from other clubs who were prepared to offer bigger wages to secure his signature.

Even so, Coady may not be someone every Huddersfield Town fan is familiar with given his tender years, so just who is the club's new signing? And what can he add to Mark Robins' side in 2014/2015?

Coady was born on February 25, 1993 and joined his hometown club Liverpool in 2005, spending seven years progressing through the youth academy at Melwood before making his first-team debut.

 

Before that, however, Coady would make his initial impact on the international scene, where he would captain the England under-17 side to a European Championship triumph in Liechtenstein in 2010 with the former Reds man leading his side to a 2-1 win in the final over Spain.

It represented a first competition win for England at any level in 17 years and Coady would celebrate by moving up to the reserve team that summer too. Having captained the Liverpool under-18 outfit he moved towards the fringes of the first-team setup during the 2010/2011 season.

The 2011/2012 season was another profitable one for Coady as he featured in each of the club's reserve league and NextGen Series games across the course of the campaign, with five goals to boot.

Despite making his first-team debut in 2012 in the Reds' 1-0 Europa League defeat in Anzhi Makhachkala, Coday continued to make the majority of his outings for the under-21 side and it wasn't until late on in the 2012/2013 season that he would make his Premier League bow in a 3-1 win at Fulham.

A loan deal was required to further his career and that's exactly what happened - Coady's stock took off.

 

Much like Adam Clayton, Coady is a combative central midfield man but also one fine-tuned with the sort of grace and poise on the ball required to meet Robins' footballing strategy.

He offers goals, too, with four of his six goals proving to be matchwinning efforts in a season where the Blades overcame a tough beginning - with Coady the reflection of their early struggles - to go close to securing a play-off berth in League One.

Having initially joined on a six-month loan deal, Coady failed to truly nail down a place in Nigel Clough's starting XI during the first half of the season but the festive period brought an about-turn and he signed up for another six months at Bramall Lane, when he would shine.

Perhaps even more pertinent than his goal-getting is his defensive ability. Clough did not utilise the opportunity to field him in central defence but it is certainly a string to his bow which can be maximised by Robins should he choose to.

That versatility will have been the most appealing factor as Town prepare to bid farewell to Clayton but his skill set looks to be the ideal fit for Town and in a division where physical qualities and presence are required as much as the technical side of the game.

Coady is certainly not afraid of a tackle and the multi-functional performer will thrill the John Smith's Stadium crowd with his desire towards winning the ball back and then using it effectively.

Those are two of his strong suits, as are his energy reserves, strength and, of course, a shooting ability which has helped his carve out a reputation for being a goalscoring midfield man.

This is why the 21-year-old is rated just so highly and attracted interest from more than just the one suitor. He has the requisite balance between offering a threat going forward and a steely defensive edge Town could be accused of lacking on occasions in 2013/2014.

Having starred in the Blades' run to the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, Coady is clearly also a man who relishes the biggest of stages.

He is by no means the finished product but, for the fee Town have parted with and time well and truly on his side, this deal could be one of Town's best bits of business in the off season.