Huddersfield Town have completed an impressive swoop for Conor Coady, who had been the subject of interest from a number of rival Championship clubs.
Having been trained in the Liverpool youth system, the 21-year-old had been tipped to eventually force his way into the first-team reckoning at the Merseyside club. However, the talented midfield player made just one Premier League appearances for the Reds, and that was as a late substitute during a 3-1 win at Fulham towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Coady reportedly rejected the chance to take a place in Brendan Rodgers’ pre-season tour of Australia last summer, in favour of linking up with League One side Sheffield United on loan. Having made a slow start to life at Bramall Lane, the youngster went on to make 50 appearances for the club in all competitions, including playing at Wembley in their FA Cup loss to Hull City.
Capped by England at every level from Under-16 to Under-20, Coady has now severed his ties with his hometown club by signing a three-year deal with Huddersfield, who have also secured an option for a fourth year. The Championship club, who finished 17th in the second-tier last season, have paid an undisclosed fee for the midfielder, who becomes their fourth signing of summer following Joe Murphy (Coventry City), Lee Peltier (Leeds United) and Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest, loan).
Coady arrives at the John Smith’s Stadium having taken part in Liverpool’s tour of America, and he featured in the International Champions Cup semi-final win over AC Milan, which was played in front of 70,000 spectators in Charlotte, as well as the friendly matches against Roma, Brondby and Preston North End. It is believed he had been the subject of interest from a number of Championship clubs in recent weeks, making the Terriers’ swoop all the more impressive.