Striker Coogans joins Huddersfield Town
13th August 2014
Teenage striker Liam Coogans has today completed a move to English Championship side Huddersfield Town, subject to international clearances.
The 17 year-old forward spent five days on trial at PPG Canalside during January 2014 and has now joined the Club on a permanent basis, where he will initially work with the Under-18 group under Lead Professional Development Coach Tony Carss and new Professional Development Coach Leigh Bromby.
Liam made his Airdrie debut as a 16 year-old, playing the final 16 minutes of a 2-1 home defeat to Raith Rovers.
He went on to make five starts and two substitute appearances during the 2012/13 season, netting his first senior goal on the final day of the season to secure a 2-1 win at Dunfermline Athletic.
A further 26 appearances and three goals followed for Liam last season to take his senior total to 14 starts, 19 substitute appearances and four goals.
Liam has attracted interest from a few parties, but the Huddersfield one was a good option for his own advancement in the game.
Huddersfield Town Academy Manager, and current Caretaker Manager of the First Team, Mark Lillis explained:
"We're delighted that a lot of hard work and perseverance has paid dividends in Liam's arrival at the Club today.
"It's testament to his talent that he has already played so much senior football at his age, but he will now take on a new challenge as he makes the step from part-time to full-time football in our Academy.
"He was identified through the Club's scouting network and came down on trial highly recommended. The Academy technical staff liked what they saw when Liam was on trial with us; he has very clever movement off the ball and is a good finisher. We'll work hard with Liam to continue to improve other aspects of his game – and he must work hard too, as we say to all the lads.
"As everyone knows, Liam – along with every other young player at the Club – has the ability to progress through the system and eventually make an impact on the First Team if they are good enough."
Airdrie Chairman Jim Ballantyne was delighted with the move and with the way all the business was conducted between the Clubs.
"Liam has worked hard and has had a fairly dramatic entry to first team football. His debut was in a season that was very difficult for the Club and he coped really well.
"He trained on a full time basis within Edusport Academy last year, and that will help making the transition to Huddersfield that bit easier."
Manager Gary Bollan said "While we are sorry to lose Liam, when these chances come along, you don't say no.
"As a young man, with the facilities and opportunities he will have down South, he will flourish and go far in the game"
Liam was the Airdrie Aces player of the year last season and they will miss him. However, we have been promised a visit back when he will be able to say his goodbyes to them properly.