Huddersfield Town have made a move for free agent Matthew Briggs as they look to swell their defensive options, with the former Fulham left-back identified as a versatile performer by manager Mark Robins.

Briggs is available on a Bosman after leaving new Championship outfit Fulham at the end of the 2013/2014 season, as the Cottagers slipped out of the Premier League for the first time since 2000/2001.

And Town clearly like what they see, with Briggs set to place pressure on Paul Dixon at left-back as well as adding to the club's current central defensive roster.

But how much do you know about Town's latest target? Here are 10 facts about the 23-year-old.

1 - Briggs broke into the first-team setup at Fulham in 2006 and spent eight seasons in total at Craven Cottage, making 13 Premier League appearances in total.

2 - The 23-year-old hails from the Wandsworth district of south west London and attracted the interest of Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea during his infant days at Fulham.

3 - He made his first-team debut on 13 May 2007 in a 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough and, in doing so, became the youngest player in Premier League history at the age of 16 years and 65 days, surpassing the record set by potential new Town team-mate James Vaughan by 206 days.

4 - His first and ultimately only Fulham goal was against Crusaders in a Europa League qualification game on 14 July 2011. Briggs opened the scoring with a thunderous strike before Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy sealed a late win after Timmy Adamson's equaliser for the hosts.

Check out Briggs' fantastic goal at the start of the video below

 

5 - The left-sided defender has spent time on loan at four different clubs in that time, with a stint at Leyton Orient in League One followed up by spells in the Championship with Peterborough United, Bristol City and Watford.

6 - He was on the bench for the Hornets' 1-0 play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace in 2012/2013 as veteran striker Kevin Phillips' extra-time penalty consigned then manager Gianfranco Zola's side to another season in the second tier.

7 - His time at Vicarage Road actually proved to be his most profitable loan spell, making nine first-team outings and scoring once. His solitary strike came in a 4-0 win over Blackburn Rovers as he calmly slotted home from a corner.

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8 - Briggs was part of the England under-19 European Championships squad and started in each of his side's games as the Three Lions lost out in the final 2-0 to Ukraine. The full-back also scored in the 7-1 rout of Slovenia during the group stages.

9 - He was capped 12 times in total at under-19 level, and twice apiece for the under-20's and under-21's. His two appearances for the U21 side came in the qualifying for the 2013 UEFA European Championships, starting England's opening two games and keeping two clean sheets in a 6-0 win over Azerbaijan and a 3-0 win in Iceland.

10 - The full-back is actually eligible to play for both England and Guyana at international level.

 

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