HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Michael Hefele of Huddersfield in action during a pre-season friendly match between Huddersfield Town and Olympique Lyonnais at John Smith’s Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Huddersfield Town defender Michael Hefele. The German joins Forest on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old joined the Terriers in the summer of 2016, prior to their promotion-winning campaign. He joined from Dynamo Dresden after captaining them to the 3. Bundesliga title and even netted on his Huddersfield debut.

Hefele was ever-present in the Huddersfield side that was promoted through the play-offs, but unfortunately only appeared twice in the Premier League last season after an injury-hit year. Additionally, he made four starts in cup competitions.

Hefele had a decent scoring record for a defender. In his 48 games for the West Yorkshire side, he found the net five times. However, he was guilty of missing his penalty in the shoot-out win over Reading, which could have cost the Terriers promotion.

Wagner’s Thoughts

Upon losing a member of his squad, Huddersfield boss David Wagner said:

“Michael and I have discussed what’s best for him and the Club throughout pre-season and I believe this transfer is the correct option for everyone.

“He is a player that I cannot guarantee game time to this coming season and that is why he will now join Nottingham Forest.”

Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle added:

“’Hef’ isn’t a player we really wanted to lose, but he only has a year remaining on his current contract and understandably he was looking for the security of a longer deal.

“Given everything he has contributed in getting this Club to where it is today, letting him pursue this transfer to Nottingham Forest was the right thing to do.

“Nottingham Forest is getting a hell of a player and a terrific person as well. Michael will always be welcome back here as a friend of Huddersfield Town.”

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