Date: 31st May 2016 at 3:29pm
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The end of the season saw me jettison my personal fitness plan, jet off to sunnier climes and try and convince myself I was a professional footballer as I let me hair down.

In reality that meant I turned the computer on a little less often and discovered I had work to do in the garden.

So, a brief catch up in the last week of Huddersfield’s life.

The hoped for friendly against Liverpool that will see David Wagner pit his wits against good friend Jurgen Klopp has now been confirmed.

We welcome Liverpool to the John Smith’s on Wednesday July 20 for a 7.45pm kick off, and the pre season friendly will see both sides battle for the Shankly Trophy.

With the legend that was Bill Shankly tasting huge success in Liverpool, leading them to three First Division titles, two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup win, older Terrier’s may remember his time with us during 1956 and 1959.

The Trophy will see a holder crowned on the night, as if it finishes level after 90 minutes it will go to a penalty shoot out.

More details about the mini competition will be announced in due course, but ticket prices have already been confirmed.

Adults: £15
Over-60s: £10
Under-18s: £5

The Revell Ward Stand (both tiers) and the Fantastic Media Stand Upper Tier are open to home fans, with the Britannia Rescue Stand and Fantastic Media Stand Lower closed for the game.

This is the third friendly announced after the trip to Guiseley AFC on Wednesday July 6 and Oldham Athletic on Saturday July 16.

There are also two friendlies to be arranged in Austria during a training camp – July 23 to 30.

Wagner has also appointed 38 year old Andrew Hughes as our new first team head coach.

Hughes comes into our Technical Staff from FA Cup finalists Crstal Palace where he also worked with the first team under Alan Pardew.

In his playing career he took in over 600 games at central midfield or full back and played his part in three promotions from League One as well as lifting a Division Three championship.

He comes in as Mike Marsh’s replacement who took a job with the England set up.

Wagner told the Official Site.

‘I`m very happy that we have brought Andrew to Huddersfield, as it became clear very early on that he was the man we wanted to work with. I said from the start that it was important to add another coach with good experience and knowledge of English football and Andrew certainly has that from both playing and coaching. However, Andrew is also very open to the new ideas that we have brought to Huddersfield and is excited by how we are trying to take the next steps at the Club. From our discussions, I know he will add to our idea too. He has great knowledge about the game and has a desire to make players better out on the training pitch every day. This is exactly what we want.’

Finally, the last main bit of news from my couple of days off was the appointment of Steve Weaver as our new Academy Manager.

Weaver comes in with over 20 years experience in helping to develop players and was most recently at Wolverhampton Wanderers as a Development Coach helping to bridge the gap between the Under 21 level and first team football.

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