Former Sunderland captain Dean Whitehead hailed as he joins Huddersfield on two-year contract

Dean Whitehead in action for former club Middlesbrough
Dean Whitehead in action for former club Middlesbrough
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Former Sunderland captain Dean Whitehead has joined Huddersfield Town on a two-year contract – following his release by Middlesbrough.

The 33-year-old midfielder managed 21 appearances for Boro last season, and started at right-back in last month’s Championship play-off final loss against Norwich.

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell said of the utility man who made 200 appearances for Sunderland from 2004-2009: “Bringing Dean to the club was among my top priorities during this transfer window, so I’m delighted to welcome him to Huddersfield.

“His arrival is testament to our policy of staying patient to ensure we recruit the right players.”

Powell added to Huddersfield’s official website, “The Championship is a tough and relentless division and the addition of Dean will mean we are better equipped to deal with the challenges that brings.

“Dean has proven ability and quality that will improve us. He has a vast wealth of experience at the top level of English football

“He made a big contribution to a team that was excellent last year and was defensively strong.

“As well as that ability, I have often talked about how important organisation and game management is and I believe Dean will help us with that in the vital midfield area of the pitch for us, whether that is helping to lead us through difficult periods in a game or seeing out a game.”