Huddersfield shore up squad with new deals

Huddersfield shore up squad with new deals
Huddersfield shore up squad with new deals

London (AFP) - Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town have tied down three more players to new deals ahead of their first season in the top flight for 45 years.

Captain Tommy Smith, midfielder Jonathan Hogg and winger Rajiv van La Parra have all penned new three-year contracts that will keep them at the West Yorkshire club until the summer of 2020, with the option of a further 12 months.

The trio were all key players in the Terriers' stunning promotion via the Championship play-offs last season, and join Chris Lowe and Elias Kachunga in agreeing new contracts at the John Smith's Stadium.

German boss David Wagner is confident that they can all make the step up to Premier League football.

"In addition to the news of extensions for Chris Lowe and Elias Kachunga last week, the new contracts for Tommy, Hoggy and Rajiv are very important pieces of business for this club," he told the Huddersfield official website.

"All three players were so important to the team last season -- key to the success we enjoyed - and will continue to be big players for us this season."

Huddersfield are back in the top flight of English football for the first time since relegation from the old First Division in the 1971/72 season.

Wagner's men begin the new campaign with a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday 12 August.