Christopher Schindler and the ex-Huddersfield Town stars looking for new challenges

-Credit: (Image: PA)
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A number of former Huddersfield Town players will be on the move this summer as their time with their current clubs comes to an end. Clubs have recently taken the first step on their squad building for the summer by publishing their retained lists, where it has been confirmed which players are staying and leaving during the off season.

Town confirmed in their statement that eight senior players would be departing this summer, including three loan players returning to their parent clubs, while they added that “a number of contracted players have also been made available for transfer”.

As clubs begin to put together their squads for the upcoming campaign, we’ve taken a look at some former Town players who will be heading for pastures new this summer.

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Christopher Schindler

The scorer of that infamous winning penalty at Wembley that sent Town to the Premier League seven years ago, Schindler is departing FC Nurnberg after a three-year spell.

The German centre-back made 184 appearances for the Terriers across a five-year spell, 74 of which were made during Town’s two-year stint in the Premier League, with Schindler winning the club’s player of the season award in both top-flight campaigns.

Having come through the youth system at 1860 Munich to break into the first team before departing to join the Terriers, Schindler returned to Germany in 2021 to sign for FC Nurnberg. He made 62 appearances for the 2. Bundesliga outfit and became the club’s captain, but experienced an injury-hit final campaign prior to leaving the club.

Tom Edwards

A Town loanee from last season, Edwards is set to become a free agent this summer, as his 17-year association with Stoke City comes to an end.

The 25-year-old has been released by the Championship outfit after making 13 appearances for the Terriers on loan last term.

Edwards first joined the Potters as a nine-year-old, and rose through the club’s academy to make 51 first-team appearances, including six in the Premier League.

During his time with Stoke, the right-back had loan spells at Fleetwood Town, New York Red Bulls and Barnsley alongside last season’s stint with Town, and will now be on the lookout for a fresh challenge.

Martyn Waghorn

Former Terriers’ loanee Waghorn has been released by Derby County following their promotion to the Championship.

The 34-year-old spent the second half of the 2022/23 campaign on loan with Town after joining from Coventry City, with the forward making 13 appearances for the Terriers.

The striker went on to sign for the Rams last summer in what was his second spell with the club, and scored seven goals in 27 appearances for Paul Warne’s side, who went on to finish second in League One last term.

Waghorn has played for a host of clubs during his career, featuring for the likes of Leicester City, Wigan Athletic, Rangers and Ipswich Town, and is now set to make his latest switch this summer.

Ben Hamer

Ex-Terriers’ stopper Hamer is also on the move this summer, having seen his two-year stay with Watford come to an end.

The 36-year-old spent three years with Town, and made 25 appearances during his time at the club between 2018 and 2021, seven of which came in the Premier League.

The goalkeeper went on to join Swansea City upon his departure from the Terriers, and then signed for the Hornets in 2022, where he made 22 appearances.

Hamer first came through the youth ranks at Reading, and went on to play for the likes of Brentford, Charlton Athletic and Leicester City prior to signing for the Terriers.

Martin Kelly

A brief loanee with Town, Kelly is departing West Bromwich Albion this summer after a two-year stay at the Hawthorns.

Kelly came through the youth ranks at Liverpool and spent the back end of the 2008/09 campaign on loan with the Terriers, where he made seven appearances.

The defender departed the Merseyside outfit to join Crystal Palace in 2014, where he went on to make 121 Premier League appearances in an eight-year spell, before joining the Baggies in 2022.

However, the 34-year-old departs the Championship side after making just eight appearances over the past two seasons, one of which was on loan at Wigan Athletic.