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Oldham Athletic lining up loan move for ex-Cardiff City defender



Oldham Athletic are lining up a loan move for Huddersfield Town defender Anthony Gerrard, according to journalist Pete O’Rouke

Gerrard is a target for Oldham Athletic

Gerrard is a target for Oldham Athletic

The 29-year-old has made just four appearances for the Terriers this season and has not featured in the squad since the win over Bolton Wanderers on December 28.

The centre-back, cousin of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, has been told he is free to leave the club by Huddersfield boss Chris Powell.

A calf injury picked up in pre-season kept Gerrard out of action for the first quarter of the season but has found his opportunities limited since returning to full fitness.

The Liverpudlian, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was brought to Town by former boss Simon Grayson in 2012 and has made 91 appearances for the club, scoring twice.

He began his career at Everton before having spells at Walsall, Cardiff City and Hull City (loan).

Huddersfield are also set to lose Football Operations Director Ross Wilson to Premier League Southampton at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old has been with the West Yorkshire club since August 2012 after previously working in similar roles for Falkirk and Watford.

In a statement the club said of the Scotsman‘s role at Huddersfield:

“His [Ross Wilson’s] role has seen him work very closely with Town’s managers on player recruitment.

“He has directed, developed and overseen the day-to-day activities and development of the Club’s entire Football Operations including scouting, recruitment, analysis, sports science and medical.

“This has involved a wholesale building and modernisation of football activities to make them fit for purpose in the Championship following an 11 year absence.

“Ross also supported Academy Manager Mark Lillis in achieving Academy category two status whilst working closely with Mark to drive the Academy in its development at PPG Canalside.”

Southampton’s Executive Director of Football Les Reed said of the club’s capture of Wilson: 

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ross and say that I am excited about working with him and by what he brings to our club.

“He has extensive experience at clubs in England and Scotland, and has built a strong network of contacts in the UK and abroad.

“He is well-respected in the industry and, as an executive director at Huddersfield, brings with him a level of experience in senior management, which will contribute to keeping us at the cutting edge and ensuring due diligence is applied to all of our recruitment procedures.”

Huddersfield are 18th in the Championship, nine points off the relegation places, and face Norwich City on Tuesday night at the John Smith’s Stadium.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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