The Terriers’ head of football operations Leigh Bromby explained how he and the recruitment team went out of their way to ensure that every newcomer to the club last summer had the mentality they wanted.
by Carlos Corberán The squad was significantly bolstered by an excellent pre-season recruitment round which included the addition of a new-look full-back in Lee Nicholls, Matty Pearson, Tom Lees and Levi Colwill on loan.
Danel Sinani and Ollie Turton have both been regulars on the Town of Huddersfield team that have climbed to sixth in the Championship table, while Jordan Rhodes, Jon Russell and Josh Ruffels all appear to have more minutes in the second half of the season: all three came off the bench against Reading on Saturday.
As part of a more in-depth interview with Training Ground Guru, Bromby explained that the club were looking for a particular mindset in all of these signings, saying: “The big issue for us this summer was psychology.
“All of the recruitment was around the balance of the team, the character and the essence of what Huddersfield Town is.
“We are a working class club from Yorkshire, so it was about bringing in people who represent those traits: that Terrier spirit and fighting for each other, for the club and for the fans.
“We worked with a psychologist on how we set up the meetings [with prospective signings]what the questions were and how we asked them, what we were looking for and how it all related to our beliefs and culture.
“The players were supposed to come and meet us at a destination in Cleckheaton which was not the most glamorous and very difficult to get to, in an industrial area. Yet none of the players or their agents phoned to say, ‘I can’t find it, where is it?” Each of the players was there before me – and I was ahead.
“The department heads and I then gave presentations designed to reflect how Carlos works.
“The presentations were detailed, because Carlos does a lot of work individually and uses a lot of videos. He’s demanding in terms of the tactical information he gives you, so players need the ability to focus, especially when it comes from someone who speaks their second language.
“I sat with our scouting manager during introductions and watched how the players took on the information. These meetings were deliberate and helped us get the right people into the building.”
He added: “We are proud of what we do. That’s the Terrier spirit – always wanting to outdo yourself.