Tommy Smith says the team spirit engendered by manager Chris Powell can be a key factor again for Huddersfield Town next season.

The defender believes the camaraderie at the club was crucial in recovering from a seven-match unbeaten run to clinch a final position of 16th in the Championship.

“It’s a brilliant group of lads here,” said the 23-year-old former Manchester City man, who is now enjoying a break before thinking about pre-season at PPG Canalside.

“We’re very much together as a squad and the camaraderie in the dressing room is fantastic.

“Sticking together has been important in coming through some tough spells and bouncing back.

“We’ve had to do that a number of times and we have come up with some excellent results against top teams.”

Tommy Smith in 2014/15






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Smith, who played in 44 of Town’s 49 senior games, added: “It was great to finish up unbeaten in seven games.

“That will set us up nicely for pre-season, and we all want to push on and be in a good position to go again.”

Smith and his teammates, who all have individual fitness programmes to follow, will report back in July.

Powell will take the squad on an overseas training camp and is putting the finishing touches to a programme of friendlies.

Already confirmed is a trip to Conference side Guiseley on Saturday, July 11.

The new Championship campaign starts on Saturday, August 8.

Fixtures for the season will be revealed on Wednesday, June 17.

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