Huddersfield Town are getting to grips with an intense pre-season under Carlos Corberan.
Corberan has been bolstered by six frontline signings already this summer, with Levi Colwill in on loan and Lee Nicholls, Matty Pearson, Ollie Turton, Josh Ruffels and Jordan Rhodes all arriving on free transfers.
Town’s use of the free agent market was swift an efficient, with a goalkeeper, two full-backs, centre-back and striker in to bolster numbers right across the park.
They aren’t exactly the type of deals that get fans overly excited, but all of a sudden, Huddersfield’s squad looks a lot stronger than it did a couple of months ago.
The aim now will be for more of the marquee loans and exciting signings, but there’s still the possibility more free agents could arrive, particularly when you consider some of the quality on the market.
We take a look at a couple of potential options here:
Reach has departed Sheffield Wednesday this summer after a long stint with the Hillsborough club.
Across five seasons, Reach made 209 appearances for the Owls in the Championship, scoring 21 goals and registering a further 31 assists.
The fact the 28-year-old hasn’t been snapped up yet is quite surprising given his performances at Wednesday over the years. Yes, they were relegated last year and 2020/21 was at times a struggle for Reach, but he’s still a quality performer in the Championship.
Corberan would love his versatility, with Reach possessing the qualities to play at left-back, left-wing and even in a central midfield position.
Given Huddersfield’s tendency to switch between systems, Reach would be an ideal free transfer.
Ryan Schofield has competition from Lee Nicholls for the gloves at the John Smith’s Stadium, but the fact that Huddersfield avoided handing anyone the No.1 jersey when they revealed their squad numbers indicates that they aren’t yet done in terms of recruiting a goalkeeper.
In Bettinelli, there’s a very good free agent on the market.
The 29-year-old has just left Fulham after 116 appearances for the Cottagers, alongside a number of loan spells, the last of which was with Middlesbrough last year.
The goalkeeper featured in 41 of Boro’s 46 fixtures in the Championship last season, once again proving his class in the second-tier.
He’s a standout free agent in terms of the goalkeeping department and could offer Corberan another dimension in a key area.
Throwing him into the mix with Schofield and Nicholls will give Huddersfield competition alongside quality.