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Huddersfield Town sign Derby County's Lee Croft on loan

Lee Croft
Croft played in the Premier League for Manchester City

Huddersfield Town have completed the signing of Derby County winger Lee Croft on a six-month loan deal.

The 25-year-old moves to the Galpharm Stadium until 3 January 2011.

Terriers boss Lee Clark told the club website: "Lee will add competition for places in the wide areas - he'll put pressure on the lads that are there."

But central defender Andy Butler, 26, has left the club by mutual consent despite having a year left to run on his contract.

Croft began his career at Manchester City before spells at Oldham, Norwich and then Derby, joining the Rams on a free transfer last summer.

He played under Clark while he was assistant manager at Carrow Road.

"During my time at Norwich he was very predominant in creating goals and in the second season he enjoyed his best goal-scoring season when he got into double figures - and that was in a higher league," said Clark.

He wants to reignite his career and he is the right man for us

Lee Clark

"That earned him a great move to Derby, but for whatever reason he seems to have lost his way a little bit and that hasn't worked out for him.

"Perhaps he needs this new lease of life and we are delighted to have him.

"He wants to reignite his career and he is the right man for us - we need that competition for places all over the pitch.

"Lee is another player who has come in from a higher level, which falls into line with what we're trying to do."

Andy Butler
Butler scored four goals in his Town career

But centre-back Butler is leaving after it was agreed to cancel the remaining year of his contract.

Butler joined from Scunthorpe in July 2008, but made just 13 appearances last season before a loan spell at Blackpool, where he missed their promotion run-in because of injury.

Clark added: "Andy has been a consummate professional throughout my time at the club and I would like to thank him for his work.

"I hope Andy finds a new club as soon as possible and I wish him the best of luck in the future."

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