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Huddersfield Town sign ex-Burnley man Joey Gudjonsson

Joey Gudjonsson
Gudjonsson started his career at RKC Waalwijk

Huddersfield have signed midfielder Joey Gudjonsson on a two-year deal, following his release by Burnley.

The 30-year-old Iceland international made 14 appearances for Burnley this season and was out of contract.

Manager Lee Clark told the Town website: "Joey is very energetic and plays with a real intensity.

"He can play at the level we want to reach and has great experience of both Premiership and Championship football in this country."

Gudjonsson joined Burnley in 2007 from AZ Alkmaar for £1.5m after previous stints at Real Betis, Aston Villa, Wolves and Leicester City.

However he fell out of favour with new Burnley boss Brian Laws and his last first-team appearance came in the FA Cup third round defeat at Reading in January.

It's a credit to both Dean [Hoyle, chairman] that he is allowing me to get this sorted so early as he did last year

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark

Clark added: "At the end of the season I earmarked that we needed more experience in the side and he fits into that category, but he also fits the bill because he is still highly competitive and ambitious in what he wants to do.

"I know we have beaten Championship clubs to his signature, which shows that word is getting around about how ambitious we are and that we are doing things in the right way.

"It's a bit of a coup that we haven't had to pay a transfer fee for a lad of his quality too.

"With Scott Arfield also signing for us, we're getting some good competition in central midfield; they are two excellent players in that position and I'm really pleased with that.

"However, I will be looking to add one more in that area and that will make it a highly competitive squad next season, I know that for sure.

"It's a credit to both Dean [Hoyle, chairman] that he is allowing me to get this sorted so early as he did last year. This proved important last year and it will be again.

"Two of the signings are already in place and we're all working very hard to get the right players in.

"We are all of the same belief that we would like as many of the new players in before pre-season starts on 28 June - we want the new lads to create that bond that the players did last summer."



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