We're delighted to announce Huddersfield Town duo Josh Austerfield and Jaheim Headley have both joined on loan for the 22/23 season.Harrogate Town fans will be familiar with 20-year-old Austerfield, who spent the second half of last season with Simon Weaver's squad, impressing both management and fans with his composure in possession and passing ability in the middle of the park.
The midfielder made a total of 11 appearances for Town last campaign and returns with a point to prove.
“I want to come back and show that I am a better player than before, I loved every minute here last year whether I was playing or not.”
“The Gaffer and Thirs believe that I can keep improving on what I showed at the end of the season, they wanted me back and that was a big positive for me.”
Headley, who is also 20 years-old, joined Huddersfield Town in 2018 and has played in midfield, on the wing and as a left back, where his power and direct play has been a real asset for the Terrier youth teams.
Born in Southwark, London, Headley was previously with Millwall's Academy before making the switch to Huddersfield at the age of 17. He's since had loan spells at Bradford Park Avenue, Hyde United, Welling United and Yeovil Town and is now looking forward to his first taste of SkyBet League Two action.
“I'm looking forward to it, I'm really excited to play in this league with this club and can't wait to see what happens this season.
“Josh had so much good stuff to say about the club, he said it's a good experience, that changing room atmosphere is great and the backroom staff and fans are excellent so it's all positive!”
Manager Simon Weaver explained why Josh has returned for a second loan spell and also what Jaheim will add to the group:
“Josh's attitude was absolutely first class and he just got better and better throughout his loan last season, the last five or six weeks he just seemed to go from boy to man and absolutely excelled on the pitch.
“He's gone away for the Summer and got stronger in his physique, he's over six foot one and a real ball player so it's a massive result to be able to bring him back in.
“Even good team players should have individual aims and he'll be looking to be one of the best central midfielders at this level without a doubt next season.
“Jaheim we watched last season and we know his qualities are his strength and his pace, he's a very dynamic and powerful left back.
“Paul Thirlwell and I both earmarked him early on as the one if we could get him would be so exciting, if we can get the best out of Jaheim he'll be hard to stop.
“Like we saw last season it helps players settle in quicker when they have a connection with someone, it's not a hard group to be accepted into, but it does help, especially as a young player.”
Josh has decided to take the number 17 for the coming season, last worn by Lloyd Kerry, while Jaheim Headley will wear number 15.