James Vaughan signed for Huddersfield Town a year ago today, in a deal which left supporters and manager alike delighted.

Vaughan penned a three-year deal with the Terriers after spending the 2012/2013 season on loan at the John Smith's Stadium from parent club Norwich City, where he had fallen out of favour.

The speedy frontman plundered 14 goals in 37 first-team outings and won the club's Player of the Year award during his loan season at Town and impressed enough to encourage Mark Robins to do a permanent deal, which was swiftly completed in the summer.

Vaughan celebrated his switch by netting a stunning seven goals in Town's opening five games across all competitions and added another in a 2-1 defeat at Barnsley before the opening month of the season was out.

“The Club and I spoke towards the end of last season about whether I was interested in coming back – and I was,” Vaughan revealed upon his arrival last summer.

“I really enjoyed my season here last year and I’m really, really happy that the deal has finally got over the line.

“I know how hard the Chairman, Nigel (Clibbens), Ross (Wilson) and the Manager have worked to get this deal done and I’m grateful for that. Now I’m looking forward to getting back out on the pitch and repaying everyone here. 

“I think I have a great opportunity to progress here with a Club that is looking to move forward. Whoever you speak to, from the top to the bottom, has a lot of ambition and I feel we have a great chance of progressing a long way. I can’t wait to be a part of it – for the next three years at the least.

“You can see the Club actively moving forward through the facility at Canalside and other things such as the testing I went through on Wednesday, which was high quality. It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to get going.”

James Vaughan after completing his move to Huddersfield Town
James Vaughan after completing his move to Huddersfield Town
 

And manager Robins was equally delighted about Vaughan's return after such a productive season on loan:  "I know our supporters will be very pleased with this signing after his excellent debut season in a Huddersfield Town shirt. Equally, I’m delighted that we have secured his services.

“The exciting thing is I believe there is even more to come from James. He is only 24 and although he already has excellent qualities in terms of strength, pace, work rate and much more, I believe he will have learned from the games he played last season and we will benefit from his knowledge and understanding of the style of football we want to play here.

“The club has been very patient to get the right financial deal in its negotiations with Norwich City and I believe we have secured that, but negotiations with James took almost no time at all – that was agreed some weeks ago after Norwich gave us permission to speak to the player. He has shown such a huge desire to come to Huddersfield Town and turned down other, potentially more lucrative, financial offers.

“This transfer is, without doubt, a significant step forward ahead of the new Championship season.”

Vaughan was sadly unable to replicate the electric form he had shown in the previous season, however, during 2013/2014 as a spate of injuries, culminating in an operation to remove a cyst on his knee, took their toll on the striker.

Plagued with knocks and niggles, it was still a commendable return on the 25-year-old's part to find the net 12 times in all competitions, particularly considering the fact he missed the last two months of the season.

But, having returned from his rehabilitation in the United States with no ill effects, the striker is raring to go for 2014/2015 as he bids to improve on his 26 appearances last term and play a more prominent role in spearheading the Town attack.

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