Scunthorpe United v Huddersfield Town: January sales off as Town stars aim to complete the job

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LEE CLARK insists the growing number of Premier League scouts flocking to Huddersfield Town games will not undermine the club’s promotion push.

Instead, the Terriers manager has revealed that chairman Dean Hoyle has already spoken to the players on the radars of clubs from higher divisions and received reassurances that they have no intention of leaving if offers come in during the January transfer window.

Town travel to Scunthorpe United looking to extend their unbeaten run in the regular league season to 40 games.

It is an amazing record and one that has alerted the attention of rival clubs with eight Premier League scouts being at Saturday’s 3-1 win over Preston North End.

Jordan Rhodes, with 13 goals in his last five games, is attracting the most attention.

But Clark’s squad boasts such quality that it is inevitable several other first-team players will be interesting clubs from the two divisions above.

The Town manager said: “It (rival clubs watching his players) is not a concern. Instead, I see it as a massive positive if people are interested in my players. This is because it means they are doing things properly.

“The good thing for me is that no matter what the offer is on the table come January, the owner has already said no player will leave.

“And before making that statement, he sat down with the players concerned and got their feelings and take on the situation.

“What they all said to him was they don’t want to leave, no matter what the club or the division involved. They want to see out the season and, hopefully, help us achieve our goals.

“So, long may the scouts continue to flock to the Galpharm Stadium or wherever we are playing. And long may the players continue to grab the attention because of the way they are playing.”

The Town squad underlining their intent to finish the job of winning promotion regardless of what offers come in at the start of next year is testament to the feel-good factor at the club right now.

Clark added: “Their agents will be talking to them and telling them which clubs are interested. That is how the game works and I am well aware of that because I know how the game works. So for them to say that to the owner is a terrific boost for everyone.”

After two play-off disappointments in a row, Town are looking to clinch automatic promotion this season.

It is a target they are well on course to achieve, the club’s unbeaten start meaning they travel to Glanford Park sitting second in the table.

Oscar Gobern looks to be out for a couple of weeks after spraining an ankle in training last week.

Last six games: Scunthorpe United WWLLDD, Huddersfield Town DWDWWW.

Last time: Scunthorpe United 1 Huddersfield Town 2; April 10, 2009; League One.

Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).