LEE NOVAK says the signing of striker Simon Church underlines Huddersfield Town’s ambition and promised: "This club is going places and I want to be part of it."

Town’s 24-year-old crowd favourite can’t wait to take on Barnsley at Oakwell today after his two-goal display against Blackburn and says the extra competition for frontline places will just inspire him and the team to do better.

Novak – who has called on Town’s fans to be the ‘12th man’ against the Tykes – has declared himself fit after an ankle knock and beamed: "Simon Church is a great player and hot competition for places is exactly what we need.

"People might say we have a big squad already, but it’s a quality squad and when you’ve got injuries to contend with you need those good players around.

"Simon is a good finisher, he’s looked very lively in training and his arrival just keeps everyone that bit more on their toes, because if you have a couple of bad games you could well find yourself out of the team."

James Vaughan (thigh) is out while Jermaine Beckford (hamstring) is a big doubt for the clash with Keith Hill’s side.

"We’re a young, confident squad and we’re looking forward to the game," added Novak.

"I’m just going to do the same as I always do – give my all for the team – and if I get on the scoresheet and we win then I’ll be happy.

"We know it’s a crazy division and anyone can beat anyone else, but we’ve made a good start and we want to keep it going.

"Signing the likes of Vaughany, Jermaine and now Simon Church shows how far the club has come, we are definitely going places and I want to be a part of that."