ALAN LEE says a happy home life and a tough training regime are the factors behind his bright form so far this season.
The rugged striker is eyeing a 10th consecutive start when League I promotion rivals Preston North End visit Town for Saturday’s big League I derby.
As well as taking the weight off nine-goal joint-top scorers Jordan Rhodes and Lee Novak, Lee has chipped in with four himself, including the opener in Saturday’s impressive 4-0 win at Exeter which put Lee Clark’s side second.
It’s the 33-year-old’s best run since signing from Crystal Palace in August of last year, and he’s relishing the challenge of driving Town towards promotion.
“It took me a while to settle, and I owe a debt of gratitude to the manager and coaching staff for sticking with me,” said the much-travelled former Republic of Ireland international from Galway, who has also played for Burnley, Rotherham, Cardiff and Ipswich.
“I’m not a great commuter, so moving to a house in Huddersfield has been great, and it took me a while to get used to the training regime.
“I’ve never been at a club where the work is as thorough and as intense and at first I found it hard to keep up. But I stuck at it and now I feel in great shape, which is a big thing with me.
“Town are a great club to be with and the lads are always ready to help each other out, which is important. I’m really enjoying being a part of things, and my aim is simply to keep working hard to make sure I remain a part of what is happening at the club.”
Preston included Iain Hume in their side for last night’s League I meeting with Sheffield United, but went down to a 4-2 defeat at Deepdale.
However, Neil Mellor was still an absentee from manager Phil Brown’s side due to an ankle injury.
Tuesday’s trip to Scunthorpe is now all-ticket for Town fans.
Tickets are on general sale until 4pm on Tuesday and are selling well at £22 adults, £16 over 60’s, 16-21’s and full time students with valid NUS card and £6 under 16’s. Travel is £12, coaches depart 5pm.