Delighted Huddersfield Town have swooped to land midfielder Conor Coady from Liverpool in a £375,000 deal.

The 21-year-old who impressed on loan with Sheffield United last season has signed a three-year contract, with Town having the option of a fourth.

It’s a significant swoop by manager Mark Robins just days before the big Championship kick-off against Bournemouth at the John Smith’s Stadium, when Coady seems certain to make his debut in blue and white stripes and the No10 shirt.

“Conor will come in and make an immediate impact on our first team, but at 21 he still has the capacity to improve further,” said Robins.

“We know all about his qualities and we are delighted that we can welcome him to the club.

“We’ve been looking at Conor’s development very closely for the last two years at Liverpool and then during his loan move to Sheffield United.

“We have been patient in waiting for the right opportunity to bring him to the club, but sometimes that will take a long time – in some cases it may never happen.

 

“We are delighted that our work has now come to fruition and every reference we have about Conor – from Brendan Rodgers to Nigel Clough and throughout the Liverpool technical staff – paid testament to his professionalism and leadership qualities.

“On top of that, he has genuine versatility that allows him to be deployed in different midfield roles; he’s a combative, athletic, physical player but he can also push forward and become a goal threat (he got six for Sheffield United last season).

“He also adds height to our side, standing at over six feet tall.

“It’s no surprise there were a lot of clubs interested in Conor – some offering more money in transfer fee and wages – so we’re delighted he has chosen to further his career with us.

“I believe that’s testament to our philosophy, ambition and track record in dealing with players and operating the Club.”

Robins has already brought in Lee Peltier from Leeds, goalkeeper Joe Murphy from Coventry and attacking midfielder Radi Majewski from Nottingham Forest (season-long loan).

Huddersfield Town v Newcastle Utd, pre-season friendly. Radoslaw Majewski fires in his equaliser.
 

Now he has an extra option in the Liverpool Academy product, who made 50 appearances for the Blades including the FA Cup semi-final against Hull City at Wembley.

The England Under 20 international made his senior Liverpool debut in November 2012 in a Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala, and made his Premier League bow as a substitute against Fulham in May 2013.

There appears to have been no further movement today in Adam Clayton’s talked-of move to Championship rivals Middlesbrough.