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Huddersfield captain retires to become coach

Mark Hudson has hung up his boots. Credit: PA

Huddersfield captain Mark Hudson has retired ahead of the new Premier League season and joined the top-flight newcomers' coaching staff.

The 35-year-old defender won his third promotion to the uppermost division in May - the previous two having come with Crystal Palace and Cardiff.

Hudson played nearly 500 games in his career, over 100 of which came across three seasons with the Terriers.

He signed a three-year deal with the Yorkshire club in April 2016 and although his exact role in David Wagner's coaching set-up is yet to be defined, it was a transition that was anticipated when that contract was penned.

"I'm very happy that Mark is becoming part of my back-room staff," Wagner said.

"From my first day in England, Mark has been one of the biggest positives. He is a huge influence in our dressing room - a total professional with a winning mentality - and that was why securing his future to Huddersfield Town was so important last April. As a player and a potential coach, it was vital that we keep Mark here."

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Wagner praises 'hungry and greedy' Huddersfield team

Wagner is having an enormous impact at Huddersfield. Credit: PA

Huddersfield boss David Wagner feels his Sky Bet Championship leaders have achieved "something really special" with their start to the season - and has stressed they are heading to Brighton on Tuesday "hungry" to keep their form going.

Six games into their 2016-17 league campaign, the Terriers are the only side in the second tier still yet to suffer a loss.

And by beating their struggling Yorkshire rivals Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday for a fifth win, they sealed the club's best-ever start in the modern era.

Regarding that and his team's four-point lead at the top of the table, Wagner, quoted by the Huddersfield Examiner, said:

If you know how old this club is and how successful this club was, then this is certainly something special. This will always be mentioned in the club history but, and this is important, we have to look forward.

So even more points is now our target and we would like to have more. I know from the dressing room that the lads are hungry and greedy, and they would like to keep this run going.

– Huddersfield manager David Wagner

No fire alarms at house where two boys died in fire

A floral tribute left outside the house in Alder Street, Huddersfield, where two boys died in a fire Credit: Peter Byrne / PA

The fire service said it found no working smoke alarms in a house where a fire killed two young boys.

Three-year-old Logan Taylor and two-year-old Jake Casey could not be saved after being rushed to hospital from the blaze at a property in Huddersfield.

Their mother and an older brother escaped.

We can confirm that at the time of the fire, there were no working smoke alarms in the property.

Further investigations are ongoing to determine the exact circumstances but we urge people to always have a working smoke alarm and to test it regularly.

– Deputy chief fire officer Dave Walton
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