KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, July 5, 2017
US midfielder Danny Williams will finally achieve his dream of playing in the Premier League as it was announced on Tuesday that he has signed with Huddersfield Town.
The 28-year-old, who was a free agent after his contract expired with Reading, has signed a two-year deal.
The news of the German-American's signing comes after the Terriers came to terms with head coach David Wagner on a new contract.
The Karlsruhe-born midfielder was one of the more important players for the Royals during the 2016-2017 English Championship season as helped to a third place finish in the standings, which qualified them for the playoffs. After getting past Fulham in the semifinals, Williams and Reading faced Huddersfield in the promotion final at Wembley Stadium. Unfortunately, it would end in heartache for Reading as they lost on penalties.
Now, with a new team, Wagner believes that Williams is a great addition that can contribute immediately as Huddersfield look to make an impression in their first season in the England's top division.
"As our fans will have seen during the Play-Off Final, Danny brings a lot of quality to any team he plays for. His way of playing - his aggressiveness, tenacity and athleticism - fits our ‘Terriers Identity' perfectly," said Wagner in a statement on the Huddersfield website. "It is not usual that a player of Danny's ability is available on a free transfer, so there was understandably a lot of interest from clubs."
The coach said when speaking with Williams prior to signing him, he could see that the midfielder wants to prove himself at the highest level and had a desire to come to the team, adding that he is a "terrific character and will totally fit in with our group."
"Together with our existing players and the arrival of Aaron Mooy, Danny offers us really good competition for places in central midfield," added Wagner.