Huddersfield sign midfielder Jack Payne

Huddersfield Town have signed Jack Payne from Southend United.

The 21-year-old’s contract with the Shrimpers expires at the end of the month and he is believed to have rejected the offer of a new deal in favor of joining the Terriers.

As Payne is under the age of 24 a fee for the deal will be decided a tribunal.

Payne came through the academy set up at Southend and after breaking into the first team in 2013 he made 88 appearances scoring 17 goals.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner told the club’s official website, “It’s great that we’ve been able to bring a player like Jack to Huddersfield, as many clubs were understandably interested in him.

  “In my opinion he is probably one of the most interesting young British midfielders in the country and I am proud that we will have the chance to help him to develop his potential to his highest level in the future.

“Quality ‘number 10s’ are, in my opinion, the hardest players to find and it is not regular that players of Jack’s quality become available.

“Jack is already excellent technically and has a great record of scoring goals, but at just 21 he has lots of room to develop further. His desire to improve was very clear from our very first meeting and he will do that with us in the Championship.

“We will work hard with him in pre-season as he comes to understand our ideas and style on the pitch and I am sure he will be a big part of what we do in the coming season.”


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