Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell has revealed he refused to let Murray Wallace go out on loan because he feels the Scot has a big part to play at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The 21-year-old centre-back is available against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium after serving a one-match ban in the 1-0 home defeat by Birmingham City following his red card at Norwich.
Wallace’s appearance at Carrow Road was his 12th of the campaign all told – he was also sent off against Charlton in August – and Powell believes he has a lot to offer a developing squad at PPG Canalside.
“Murray is a good character with a lot of qualities and I have a lot of time for him because he does things in the right way,” said Powell of the defender who has scored two goals this season as well.
“He is very diligent in the way he works, he wants to learn and he wants to do well – a good character.
“He had to be very patient because of the form of Mark Hudson and Joel Lynch together (earlier in the season) and he understood that.
“Rightly so, I had one or two calls from clubs wanting to take him on loan but I said ‘no’, because I felt he would get a chance here.
“When he got that chance he played ever so well against Brentford, which was a tough game to come into, and I felt he got to grips with the pace of it, made some timely interceptions and showed a lot of bravery.
“I thought right, you are on your way, but then we went to Norwich and everyone knows what happened with the red card.
“Now, he comes into the reckoning again, especially with two games in three days.
“We are going to have to be cute with the balance of the squad because it’s a tall order, two games in three days.
“I know people think it’s only football, but this league can be quite brutal, so I’m pleased to have Murray back in the fold.”