Midfielder’s decade-long stay at Huddersfield Town ends
– Lewis O’Brien departs Huddersfield Town
– Academy graduate completes permanent transfer to Nottingham Forest
– Comments from Head of Football Leigh Bromby
Lewis O’Brien has today completed a permanent transfer to Nottingham Forest.
The newly promoted Premier League side has paid an undisclosed fee for the midfielder.
He becomes the second player to complete a move to Forest today, joining Harry Toffolo.
O’Brien’s association with Huddersfield Town began when he joined the Academy as an 11-year-old. Going on to win the Academy Player of the Year title, he then enjoyed a successful loan with Bradford City before breaking into the Town side, quickly establishing himself as one of the best players in the Sky Bet Championship.
He was named the Hargreaves Memorial Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2019/20 season and departs the Club having made 130 Town appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals.
Head of Football Leigh Bromby explained:
“We’ve known Lewis a very long time and we’re all proud of the player, and man, he has become. He’s clearly established himself as one of the best players in the Sky Bet Championship and has earned the opportunity to play in the Premier League.
“Lewis, like Harry, totally committed to our process of how we develop players and worked tirelessly with our staff to improve every aspect of his game. They both deserve all the credit in the world for that, as do our staff.
“It’s a constant in football that players move on, but we understand that days like this are always sad ones for fans who have created a bond with players like Lewis and Harry. However, they were understandably interested in the opportunity to play in the Premier League. As always, the transfer agreement then had to be right for the Club – the move wouldn’t happen otherwise – and we eventually reached a position that every party was satisfied with.”
“We knew that we could realistically lose Lewis and Harry in this transfer window, so we’ve prepared for that eventuality by bolstering those positions in acquiring Yuta Nakayama, David Kasumu and Jack Rudoni.
“We feel the squad is in a good position, but we will also never stop looking at ways we can improve.”