Chris Powell is predicting a busy January transfer window for Town.

The manager admits he is unlikely to have Grant Holt going into the New Year and will make another frontline signing a priority.

That’s even after James Vaughan’s return from a calf injury as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Brentford.

Town’s top scorer for the last two season replaced Nahki Wells after 77 minutes in his first outing since mid-September.

On-loan Wigan Athletic man Holt played his 12th game for Town against Brentford and played his part in a victory sealed by Sean Scannell and a Jake Bidwell own goal which lifted Town up to 15th in the Championship.

He is available for a further four games, starting with Saturday’s trip to his and Vaughan’s former club Norwich City.

In pictures: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Brentford

 

“Grant has done extremely well, and he’s been a terrific foil for whichever striker he has played alongside,” said Powell, who confirmed loan midfielder Diego Poyet has returned to West Ham United.

“We will certainly talk to Wigan when the time comes.

“But with the position they are in (second-bottom of the Championship after losing 1-0 at home to Norwich) I think they will be looking to get all their players back.

“We will be busy in January for definite, both in terms of incomings and outgoings.

“We have to keep the team and the squad fresh.

“It’s great to have Vaughany back, and he makes us stronger, but we will still look to increase our striking options.”

Teenager Poyet made two Town appearances but didn’t figure in the squad against Brentford, the final game for which he was eligible under his initial loan.

“I’d like to have kept him for longer, because he’s a good player, but he is going back to West Ham,” explained Powell.

“With that in mind, I felt it right to go against Brentford with the players who will still be here.”

Town, whose development side face Barnsley at PPG Canalside today (1.00), have less than 1,000 of their 2,600 ticket allocation for the Boxing Day Championship game at Rotherham United remaining.

Meanwhile Powell, who led Charlton Athletic to last season’s quarter-finals, will discover his side’s FA Cup third-round opponents when the draw is made live on BB2 tonight (7.00).

Town will be ball number 18.