OSCAR GOBERN is desperate for a feeling of deja vu this season.
The rangy midfielder played 11 League I games for Southampton last season as they pipped Town to the second automatic promotion spot behind Brighton.
But he wanted far more, and the chance to stake a claim at the Galpharm was a big factor in his decision to drop back down from the Championship and sign a two-year Town contract rather than accept the new deal on offer at St Mary’s.
“A few people raised their eyebrows at my decision to leave Southampton, but I believe Huddersfield can follow them up to the Championship,” said the 20-year-old, whose elder brother Lewis is at Town’s divisional rivals Notts County.
“They showed what they were about last season, when they fought Southampton tooth and nail for that second place.
“It seemed like every time we got a win, Huddersfield did the same, and in the end it came down to us having the games in hand and taking the points.
“It showed Huddersfield have the stomach for a fight, and that has to stand us in good stead this time around.”
Gobern, a former England junior international, made 27 Southampton appearances in all and explained: “I wasn’t able to hold down a regular place, partly because of injuries, and partly because the manager had his own ideas on selection, and it was a bit of a frustration.
“I fancied a new challenge, and Huddersfield are a big club with a lot of potential and a lot of ambition.”
Born and bred in Birmingham, Gobern has found it easy to settle in the North after four years in the South.
“I feel like I’ve completed a tour of the country,” he quipped. “I went to Southampton when I was 16, so I’m used to looking after myself, and the rest of the lads have been great ever since I got here.
“I feel like I’ve been in Huddersfield for months rather than weeks, and now I just want to get down to the real business.”
One of a group of midfielders recruited this close-season, Gobern added: “I like to take a central position, get on the ball and try to dictate play.
“I try to use my strength and power to drive things forward and influence what happens in the final third.”