The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Paul Ed­di­son

HUD­DER­S­FIELD Town’s record sign­ing Christo­pher Schindler is lov­ing life in the Cham­pi­onship and ad­mits the hos­tile crowds are bring­ing out the best in him.

The 26-year-old de­fender joined the Ter­ri­ers from 1860 Mu­nich for £1.6m this sum­mer and has been ev­er­p­re­sent in their climb to the sum­mit of the ta­ble af­ter eight rounds of league ac­tion.

The Ger­man cen­tre-back is en­joy­ing the David Wag­ner rev­o­lu­tion and the sparkling at­mos­phere of the Cham­pi­onship.

“The fans feel much closer here,” he said.

“You can hear your sup­port­ers singing and of­ten the other fans scream­ing at you.

“This mo­ti­vates me. I want to be fo­cused and show I am strong enough to cope with any­thing they say to try to put me off.

“I want to show I can han­dle it and play my game.”

Schindler’s boss, Wag­ner, says the febrile at­mos­phere cre­ated by the Ter­ri­ers faith­ful has been a key fac­tor in their storm­ing start to the sea­son.

Not to men­tion the hard work put in by his squad in pre-sea­son that en­sured they hit the ground run­ning in the new cam­paign.

“Our fans play a very im­por­tant role,” said the head coach.

“It’s great to be tak­ing so many on a long trip.

“Hope­fully, we can give them rea­son to be proud by de­liv­er­ing on the pitch.

“Work is cen­tral to ev­ery­thing we do. We are a work­ing club, a fight­ing club, and this is what the play­ers are show­ing this sea­son. They work hard at their jobs and for each other.

“In our sys­tem, all play­ers are both at­tack­ers and de­fend­ers, and this takes work. When an op­po­nent has the ball, I ask play­ers to work as hard as pos­si­ble to get it back.

“When we have the ball, they must be brave and want pos­ses­sion.”

FO­CUS: Christo­pher Schindler

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