HUDDERSFIELD Town's Joel Lynch goes on the World Cup trail with Wales next week believing his move to Huddersfield is already paying massive dividends.
The 24-year-old centre-back – signed from Nottingham Forest in the summer – has been rewarded for his excellent start to the Championship season by being selected for the qualifiers against Belgium in Cardiff on Friday, September 7 (7.45), and Serbia in Novi Sad the following Tuesday, September 11 (7.30).
Lynch, who was included in the Championship team of the week for his performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley, when he scored his first goal for the club, will join up with Chris Colman’s squad after Town’s trip to Ipswich on Saturday and will not miss any club games.
“It’s fantastic for me to be playing international football and it’s just great to be involved,” said Lynch.
“I’m proud of myself because there were times when I was at Forest when I never thought this sort of thing would come along. I worked through that, got to playing every week and then my move here has just gone so smoothly, I really feel my career is going well.
“It’s great to be at a club where you are wanted and good people are looking after you. The coaching staff and manager especially have been fantastic towards me and given me extra confidence, the lads are quality, so I’m really happy at the moment.
“I feel so relaxed out on the pitch because I’m enjoying my football and I just want to keep improving, listening to my coaches and doing the best I can.”
Lynch hasn’t yet received the debut senior cap he earned playing as a substitute against Bosnia-Herzegovina this month.
“My main aim is to do well for Town this year, but the international call-ups are a massive bonus and it’s nice to be recognised,” he added.
Town’s Championship trip to Blackpool has been put back two days to Monday, September 24, for Sky TV coverage (7.45)