New train­ing ground so vi­tal: Wag­ner

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

REDEVLOPING the PPG Canal­side train­ing ground was es­sen­tial for Hud­der­s­field Town to progress.

That’s the view of boss David Wag­ner, who re­vealed the £20m project was ap­proved when Town stayed in the Pre­mier League last sea­son.

“This is cru­cial. It is a big, big step in the club’s fu­ture - to be con­sis­tently a part of the top teams in Eng­land we re­ally need it,” said Wag­ner.

“Un­for­tu­nately, now, it will take 18 to 24 months un­til ev­ery­thing is done, but I am very happy ev­ery­thing is agreed and that work can now start, be­cause this will be mas­sive for this football club for the fu­ture.

“To still im­prove and progress we have a lot of im­prove­ments to make, for sure, and this is a ma­jor step for the fu­ture of the club.”

Wag­ner was closely in­volved in the plan­ning.

“I shared my ideas,” he said. “Be­cause, more or less from the first day I ar­rived, I said we should have been bet­ter here at the football club.

“It has taken us nearly three years that we are able to start the progress in terms of the fa­cil­ity.

“I think from the football side we have taken the steps so the football club was able to in­vest in this very im­por­tant area.

“This will be a proper Pre­mier League football club fa­cil­ity.

“It will be some­where you re­ally can try to get qual­ity into your football club and where you can ed­u­cate and build qual­ity, not only for the first team but for the Academy.

This will be mas­sive for the fu­ture of the club in pro­duc­ing and de­vel­op­ing young football play­ers – and maybe more Academy play­ers can de­velop through to the first team as well.”

Is the plan de­pen­dent on re­tain­ing Pre­mier League sta­tus?

“No. Ev­ery­thing is now agreed,” said the boss.

“It de­pended on our sur­vival last sea­son. This was what Dean said to me.

“And as soon as we stayed up last sea­son, it was clear the football club would cre­ate this fa­cil­ity.

“This does not mean it de­pends on Pre­mier League sur­vival in the next years – this build­ing, this fa­cil­ity will come what­ever hap­pens in the fu­ture.

“Of course, maybe we can im­prove it even fur­ther if we stay in the Pre­mier League for some fur­ther sea­sons so, even in the new fa­cil­i­ties, I think there is space to im­prove if nec­es­sary and if pos­si­ble.

“But it is up to us. Like in the past, it is very im­por­tant that we from the football side do our work be­fore we ask for some­thing more.

“The football club is pay­ing back in the knowl­edge that it helps for the fu­ture.”

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