Bristol City academy starlet, who left Robins at 15, joins League One promotion candidates

Former Bristol City academy starlet Herbie Kane has signed for Huddersfield Town following his departure from League One rivals Barnsley.

Kane has signed a three-year contract at the John Smith’s Stadium having been at Oakwell since 2020 where he made 123 appearances and became a key player in the Tykes midfield but elected to leave on a free transfer.

The Bristolian, who grew up in Pilning and played for Lawrence Weston AFC, famously left City for Liverpool when he was just 15, but never made the breakthrough at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp and went on loan at Doncaster Rovers and Hull City before signing for Barnsley.

The 25-year-old arguably played the best football of his career with Michael Duff at the helm of the Tykes, and is delighted to be reunited with his former manager at Huddersfield, with the Terriers expected to compete for promotion this term.

“I couldn’t be happier to be joining Huddersfield Town at such an exciting time, and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead,” Kane said. “Soon after learning of the interest and speaking to the sporting director and head coach, I knew this is where I wanted to be.

“Working with Michael Duff again is obviously a huge appeal, but having visited the training ground and stadium before signing and learned more about the ambition here, that has its own attraction and you get a good feeling about this being a club to commit to.

“My job now is to work really hard alongside my new teammates in pre-season and do whatever I can once the season starts to ensure we get off to a great start and keep that momentum up across what is always a tough division.”

Four years ago, Kane admitted his decision to leave City for Liverpool was the wrong one, claiming if he had his time again, he’d have stayed with his hometown club for that stage of his development.

Although he was capped at Under-17 level by England, made the long list for FIFA’s Golden Boy award and earned the admiration of Reds legend Steven Gerrard who coached him in the academy and tipped him for stardom alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kane’s only appearances came in the League Cup.

“It's not something I've really looked back at before, but I think with reflection, I'd probably stay at Bristol City if I had to make the same decision again,” said Kane, who was part of the same City youth team as Lloyd Kelly. "In terms of Liverpool, I've got to be honest, it wasn't the best.

"A lot of things are promised to you when they're trying to sign you, but nothing ever came of it. But that can be football in general to be honest.

"The only way I can explain what it was like for me there was how when you're playing as a kid and you're picking the teams, and you're the last one picked.”

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