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Huddersfield extend deals of three first-year players

Lee Clark
Lee Clark is in his first full season at Town

Three first-year professionals have been offered new contracts by Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark.

Left-back Liam Ridehalgh, 18, centre-half Leigh Franks, 18, and right-sided defender/midfielder Jack Hunt, 19, all graduated from the team's academy.

Clark told the club's website: "They have progressed well and deserve an opportunity to make an impression on the first-team squad.

"But they have to be in there fighting for a place in the squad next season."

He added: "They have had their settling-in period and shown they can compete with first-team lads.

"Nothing would give me greater pleasure than the three of them being involved in the team."

The trio are yet to make their first-team debuts although Hunt has been an unused substitute on three occasions and had a two-month loan spell at Grays Athletic while Franks has been on loan at Fleetwood Town.

However, midfielder Lewis Nightingale, 19, has not been offered an extended deal.



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