LEE FOWLER talked for the first time today about his career impasse and stressed he's neither handed in a transfer request nor fallen out with manager Peter Jackson.
The 21-year-old midfielder is desperate for senior football, not only to help Town but to push his Wales international chances.
Fowler hasn't started a Town game since January, but he would love to be involved against Stockport at the Galpharm on Saturday, just five days before the transfer deadline for this season, and today talked about whether to stay or to go.
"I have never once said I've handed in a transfer request and I want to play for Huddersfield Town, but if that's not working out here then obviously I've got to look to go on loan somewhere to play," said Fowler, who played in yesterday's 2-0 practice-match win at Chesterfield in which Junior Mendes and Pawel Abbott were the scorers.
"I'm a bit disappointed that I've not been in the side or on the bench but, if I'm called upon at any time, I will give my 100%.
"I haven't given up on anything. I've still got a year to run on my contract with the club and it would be great to add another couple of years to that, but we'll have to wait and see what comes about.
"The main thing at the moment is for me to be playing first-team football and that's why we agreed to circulate my name.
"Ask any footballer and they will tell you the same thing - they want to be in the first team.
"It's boring just running on a Friday and knowing you are not going to be involved the following day and, on the other side of the coin, there is no bigger buzz than waking up on a Saturday and knowing you've got a game to look forward to."
Fowler's need to get nearer to family and friends in South Wales is not now so pressing.
"At the time, my mum and dad had just lost their jobs running the pub and I did want to be around them to help out," he explained.
"Since then, though, they have both got fixed up again so it's not so much about family issues, it's about playing football first and foremost.
"If that could be with Town then great and, you never know, I might still feature this season in a Town shirt. I'm fit and I'm keen and, while I know the gaffer is trying to go the route with the younger lads, I do feel I've got a lot to offer Town.
"If the chance came for a loan then obviously I would have to think about it because of the football but, if the gaffer said to me `Lee you're in the team on Saturday' then I would definitely stay and play."
Fowler, who netted the promotion winning penalty, has made a total of 42 League appearances since joining from Coventry City 18 months ago and insists he has no regrets.
"I've seen things from fans commenting that me and the gaffer have fallen out when, in fact, it's completely the opposite," he said.
"We are very good mates and both the gaffer and Taff (Terry Yorath) have been brilliant for me.
"I just need to be playing first-team football."
Rob Edwards (dead leg) and Nat Brown (cut head) came off yesterday but should be fit for Saturday.