Terriers swoop for Pearce
Huddersfield Town have landed promising defender Krystian Pearce from Birmingham City.
Last Updated: 19/01/10 6:55pm
Huddersfield have landed promising defender Krystian Pearce from Birmingham City.
Terriers boss Lee Clark has bolstered his centre-back options with the capture of the 20-year-old, who goes straight into the squad to face Bristol Rovers on Tuesday and becomes the League One side's first signing of the January transfer window.
"I'm delighted to have Krystian on board," Clark told the club's official website.
"You have to be patient during the transfer window and make sure that you do the right things, but I am happy the move is complete and he is here.
"He has attributes that maybe we are lacking - he has a lot of power and pace. He is a young player that wants to improve, so he fits our criteria."
Pearce revealed working under Clark, twinned with the chance for regular first-team football, was his motivation in sealing a move to the Terriers.
"I've already met the manager and I'm obviously very excited to start working with him," he said. "He's obviously a young manager with a lot of ambition and he has a good, experienced staff along side him.
"As a young player I just want to play games and that's the reason I am moving here. I want to get my Huddersfield career under way as soon as possible."
Pearce arrives at the Galpharm Stadium with an impressive CV having been named Birmingham's academy player of the season in 2007 before turning professional and being snapped up on several loans in recent seasons.
Notts County and Port Vale were the first to take advantage of the defender's talents before the centre-back became a regular in the heart of the Scunthorpe rearguard in their successful promotion bid to the Championship last season.
Pearce, who has 11 caps for England at Under-19 level, joined Championship outfit Peterborough on a season-long loan this term but returned to St Andrews following Darren Ferguson's departure from Posh.
Pearce joins promotion hopefuls Town until the end of the current campaign with a view to a long-term deal and Clark is purring at his defensive options as he looks to mastermind his own promotion bid.
He added: "We now look very competitive in the central defensive positions and that's exactly what I want - I want competition for places all over the pitch.
And Clark is hopeful on bringing in more faces to West Yorkshire over the next fortnight.
"We have another couple of weeks left to see if we can add any more to the squad," he said.