Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town defender signs new contract

Huddersfield Town’s Martin Cranie has signed a new one-year contract with the club as confirmed by their official website.

The 30-year-old defender’s contract was set to expire this summer, leading to fears they may end up losing him in the summer. But while he hasn’t been used as a starter this year having only made 11 appearances, he is valued as a utility player who can play across the back four and so the Terriers decided to get him to sign a new deal which will keep him at the John Smith’s Stadium until 2018.

Cranie started his career by coming through the Southampton academy and was highly regarded, being capped by the England U21s on several occasions. He would soon become a bit of a journeyman, playing for the likes of Portsmouth, Coventry City and Barnsley before signing for Huddersfield in 2015. Since then he has been used as a squad player who has done well when filling in for other players in the defence.

After Cranie signed the new deal, his head coach David Wagner said: “I am delighted that we have agreed a deal to keep Martin at the Club, as he is a very important player in our squad.”

“He has been excellent in the games he has played this season and last, making him a real competitor for the right back position alongside Tommy Smith. It is perfect for me to have two high quality players who can both play. His ability to play different positions is valuable too.”

“Martin is a great professional and knows the Sky Bet Championship very well too, which has been very helpful as the players who joined us this season got used to the division. He’s a very important character in the dressing room.”

“I have always said that keeping our good players at the Club is just as important as bringing new ones in, so I’m very happy today.”

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