A look at our Academy and B-team players currently on loan in the EFL
– It’s currently EFL Youth Development Week
– Watching City loanees be #RaisedInTheEFL
– The club currently has nine Young Terriers on EFL loans
In recognition of EFL Youth Development Week, we are shining the spotlight on the nine Young Terriers who are either from our academy or our B team who are currently on loan within the EFL.
Loaned out in Sky Bet League 1 and 2 at eight different clubs, our Young Terriers are gaining valuable experience being #RaisedInTheEFL, which is part of their development plan with Town.
Here’s a breakdown of those players and their progress while on loan, with quotes included from their adoptive clubs.
Rarmani Edmonds-Green (Rotherham United)
Spending the season on loan at the top of Sky Bet League 1 with Rotherham United, the centre-back dominated the South Yorkshire side. After signing another long-term contract extension with Town, his development has been greatly aided by the consistent playing time received at League One level.
Rotherham head coach Paul Warne backed his progress: “Young footballers sometimes have a bad reputation, but he left a league team for which he had played around 20 league games to come here to fight to play. A lot of players of lower quality than him would have I hope that, in the long run, coming here has helped his career.
Romoney Crichlow (Plymouth Argyle)
After starting the season on loan at Swindon Town in Sky Bet League 2, the young defender moved to Sky Bet League 1 with Plymouth Argyle in January 2022 after impressing so much with Robins in the first half of the season. Comfortable on the ball, Swindon and Plymouth’s proactive styles suited his game, which reflects what would be asked of him at Town. Adjusting well to life with Plymouth, Crichlow was named Man of the Match on his debut.
Kieran Phillips (City of Exeter)
Another who signed a new long-term deal with Town after impressing on loan, Phillips himself switched clubs on loan in January, moving from Walsall to Exeter City, both in Sky Bet League 2. A great striker with a real ability to finish chances, he was available to develop his game at Walsall in different areas of their attack before concentrating on the centre-forward position with Exeter.
Josh Austerfield and Brahima Diarra (City of Harrogate)
Both Town B regulars, the duo both joined Sky Bet League 2 side Harrogate Town in January 2022 for the remainder of the season. Austerfield – who developed his defensive abilities in a three-man defense at Town – is a ball-holding midfielder by trade, while Frenchman Diarra is a live number ten – and already a fan favorite in North Yorkshire!
Speaking of Diarra, Harrogate Town Manager Simon Weaver said: “Brahima has got the fans excited. He comes up with something a little different. He’s added a bit of flair and has done very well so far.”
Kian Harrat (Port Vale)
Town’s B-team top scorer, the young striker joined Port Vale on loan in January 2022 and made a spectacular start to life on loan, scoring a breathtaking diving header against Brentford in the FA Cup on his debut. Recently voted Vale’s Player of the Month in January, his time in Sky Bet League 2 gives Harratt the chance to hone his skills against more experienced defenders.
Port Vale captain Tom Conlon commented: “He’s a good finisher, it can already be seen, but in addition to being a good finisher, his attitude is perfect. He gives his all for the team, he goes wild and that’s all we can ask for.
Ben Jackson (Doncaster Rovers)
After impressing so much on loan last season with Bolton Wanderers, the B team captain spent the first part of the season developing his game at Jon Worthington’s side before joining Doncaster Rovers on loan in Sky Bet League 1 for the rest of the season. A left-sided player, Jackson is an attacking full-back with an eye for goal from set pieces.
Nicholas Bilokapic (Hartlepool United)
Australian youth international Nicholas Bilokapic has been a regular figure on the first-team substitute bench this season, making his senior debut for Town in the FA Cup against Burnley in the Premier League after Ryan Schofield was injured. Having gained valuable experience on loan in Sky Bet League 2, Bilokapic is yet to figure out Hartlepool after joining on deadline day, having been tied for their trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.
Commenting on his signing, Hartlepool manager Graeme Lee said: “I’m very happy to have Nicholas. He comes highly recommended as a young talent. He’s been in the first team all season and thanks to Huddersfield we were able to bring him in on deadline day.”
Matty Daly (Town of Bradford)
Having started the season on loan with Hartlepool United, the attacking midfielder has become a useful member of the Pools side, notably excelling in the Papa John’s Trophy, scoring five times. With his two league goals to his name too, the 20-year-old was Hartlepool’s top scorer in all competitions before being recalled in January 2022 to join Bradford, where he also found the net.
Bradford City manager Derek Adams said: “Matty is a player we have been following for some time. He was on our list and we tracked him during his loan spell at Hartlepool United, so it’s great to have him here. We’ve been looking for midfield players to bring in who can contribute with goals and assists, and we’re confident in Matty’s ability to do so.