Club Brugge goalkeeper Ethan Horvath is currently not on Championship outfit Huddersfield Town’s wishlist this summer according to Yorkshire Live, with manager Carlos Corberan already satisfied with the existing options he has at his disposal.
Horvath, 26, is currently former Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet’s understudy at the Belgian top division side but was first linked to a move to West Yorkshire on Monday via Voetbal, who reported the deal for the US international was all but done and would be coming in as the Terriers’ second goalkeeping signing of the summer.
Ben Hamer’s move to Swansea City in January and Joel Pereira’s return to Manchester United in May after the expiration of his loan deal left Huddersfield in desperate need of competition for 21-year-old Ryan Schofield – and moved quickly to sign MK Dons keeper Lee Nicholls who was a regular for the League One side before being relegated to the bench last season.
And despite making just seven appearances in the third-tier during the 2020/21 campaign, Nicholls now makes the jump to the Championship after signing a two-year contract on the expiry of his deal in Milton Keynes.
But even though the Championship side have lost two goalkeepers six months and brought in just one so far, the Terriers are understood to be satisfied with their sole acquisition in this position and are focusing on other areas to strengthen.
Although it may have been beneficial to bring in Horvath with his international experience, it would have been costly to have three senior keepers on the books especially during the Covid-19 pandemic with its detrimental effect on club revenue.
This third spot will now give a young shot-stopper from the Terriers’ academy a great chance to train with the first team, learn from his seniors and play with Championship players – a dream come true for the player and a chance for the club to develop one of their younger talents.
19-year-old Giosue Bellagambi, who joined Ebbsfleet United for a short period last season, is currently the lead candidate to take this role and although it would be a major jump for him, his potential time with the senior squad is only likely to speed up his development.