Croft agrees Town switch
Derby winger Lee Croft has agreed to join League One outfit Huddersfield Town on loan for six months.
Last Updated: 30/06/10 11:05am
Derby County winger Lee Croft has agreed to join League One outfit Huddersfield Town on loan for six months.
The 25-year-old former Norwich City man slipped down manager Nigel Clough's pecking order in the second half of last season.
Croft's departure will now allow Clough to step up Derby's attempts to bring in a new right winger before the new Championship season starts on 7th August.
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark knows all about Croft from his time at Carrow Road as assistant manager and is looking forward to getting the best out of him.
Clark has seen Croft perform to a high standard in the Championship and believes he can reignite his career in West Yorkshire with the promotion-chasing Terriers.
"Lee will add competition for places in the wide areas; he'll put pressure on the lads that are there," Clark told the club's official website.
"During my time at Norwich he was very predominant in creating goals and in the second season he enjoyed his best goalscoring season when he got into double figures - and that was in a higher league.
"That earned him a great move to Derby, but for whatever reason he seems to have lost his way a little bit and that hasn't worked out for him. Perhaps he needs this new lease of life and we are delighted to have him.
"He's another player who has played at a higher level. He's mainly a right sided winger; he likes to use his pace to get at the full-back and go on the outside.
"He's also a very bubbly character - he's a good fellow and he'll integrate into the group. He is also experienced; he played a lot of games in the Championship and quite a few in the Premier League at a good age. He wants to reignite his career and he is the right man for us - we need that competition for places all over the pitch.
"Lee is another player who has come in from a higher level, which falls into line with what we're trying to do."