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Falkirk's Scott Arfield joins Huddersfield Town

Scott Arfield celebrates a goal

Highlights - Arfield in SPL goal action

Huddersfield Town have signed Scott Arfield from Falkirk for a fee believed to be in the region of £400,000.

The 21-year-old midfielder has agreed a three-year deal at the Galpharm Stadium and becomes Town's first purchase of the summer.

"I had a medical and met the manager and backroom staff and was thoroughly impressed with the set up and their ambition," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"It's too good to turn down and I think a change was needed after six years."

Arfield added: "You can stagnate and last season wasn't my best football and maybe the fans were calling to cash in but I don't really know.

"Personally I think the move has come at the pinnacle time and I couldn't have picked a better club to go to.

"I want to play at the highest level I can and that's the SPL but when we (Falkirk) got relegated it was a bitter-sweet moment as I was definitely planning on making a change anyway.

"I like to get the ball down and pass and having seen Huddersfield they definitely play the way that will progress my career and the way I like to play football."

Town manager Lee Clark told the club's website: "Scott has been on our minds all season. He's a player that we have watched more than any other.

"When Terry McDermott and I went up to Falkirk to watch him a couple of weeks ago we saw a very good young player."

Arfield made his Scottish Premier League debut in 2007 and has gone on to represent both Scotland Under-21s and Scotland B.

He was a target for Hamilton Accies and Hibernian last summer, but Falkirk rejected bids from both clubs.

Southampton had expressed an interest in January and were again linked with Arfield before his switch to Huddersfield was confirmed.

The contacts we have up in Scotland rate Scott as one of the brightest young prospects in Scottish football

Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark

Hibs and Hearts had also been linked with the midfielder, but it always seemed likely that he would choose a move to English football after the Bairns' relegation to Scotland's Division One.

Arfield was not deterred by Huddersfield missing out on promotion to the Championship after their play-off defeat by Millwall and a transfer that appears to be a club record for Falkirk has now been completed.

"The contacts we have up in Scotland, other managers, players and so on rate Scott as one of the brightest young prospects in Scottish football, so we are delighted to have him on board," added Clark.

"He's a box-to-box midfield player. He's very energetic and he can play in all four positions across midfield. He's a very good passer of the ball and that suits what we're about.

"All the reports we have on him are very, very good. There have been a lot of other clubs looking at Scott, so we're absolutely delighted to have him on board."



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