Terriers capture McCombe

Big defender returns north to bolster Terriers' Championship push

McCombe: Moved to Huddersfield

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Huddersfield have bolstered their defensive ranks with the capture of Jamie McCombe from Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

The 6ft 5in Pontefract-born defender has signed a three-year deal at the Galpharm Stadium and becomes Lee Clark's fifth summer signing as the Terriers boss overhauls his squad following last season's play-off heartbreak.

McCombe, who had a year remaining on his contract at Ashton Gate, is delighted to be moving back up north.

The 27-year-old, whose younger brother John started out as a trainee at Huddersfield and now plays for Port Vale, said: "Obviously I'm originally from up here and I know all about Huddersfield - it's a great club with big potential and aspirations. I think this club will go on to bigger and better things.

Shared loyalties

"I've played against Huddersfield a few times. On a couple of occasions I came up against my brother when he was in the Town team. At that time there were real shared loyalties in the McCombe household!

"I wouldn't be coming to Huddersfield if I didn't think they would make it to the Championship soon.

"It's not a quick move nearer to home for me. I've moved to a club with the potential to get back to where I want to be."

McCombe worked his way through the youth ranks at Scunthorpe and made his first-team debut under manager Brian Laws in 2001.

He then moved on to Lincoln in 2004 before being signed by Bristol City in May 2006.