South Elmsall defender set for Old Trafford with Terriers

Huddersfield Town's Jamie McCombe
Huddersfield Town's Jamie McCombe

SOUTH Elmsall’s Jamie McCombe is heading for Old Trafford after helping Huddersfield Town to the npower League One play-off final.

The Terriers held their nerve to beat Bournemouth on penalties at a packed Galpharm Stadium last night and the defender played his part in helping Lee Clark’s men progress.

The 28-year-old former South Elmsall Boys and Frickley Athletic player, who has made 45 appearances for Town this term, came on to act as fresh legs in the first half of extra time as the game finished 3-3 before the spot-kick deciders.

He’ll be pushing for a starting role in the final, against either Peterborough United or MK Dons, at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium on Sunday, May 29.

Victory at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ would cap a superb first season at the Galpharm for McCombe, who moved closer to home from Bristol City last summer.

He’s started the majority of games for Town since his arrival, 31 in the league, as well as appearances in the FA Cup, League Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

It’s a case of ‘local boy done good’ for McCombe, with his performances at South Elmsall and Frickley Athletic as a youngster catching the attention of the Barnsley Academy before he moved to Scunthorpe United and signed his first professional deal.

Moves to Lincoln City and Bristol City followed before he made the return to Yorkshire when Lee Clark offered him a three-year contract at Huddersfield last summer.

McCombe, whose younger brother John also plays professionally with npower League Two side Port Vale, now has the chance to return to the Championship and set-up mouthwatering local derby clashes with Leeds United, Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers.

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