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Huddersfield Town Lets Veteran Goalkeeper: Should The 38 Y/O Make A Move To West Ham United?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Huddersfield Town have released an official statement regarding the future of Rob Green at Kirklees Stadium. The club will not be renewing the contract of the 38-year-old goalkeeper beyond this season and he is now free to entertain any new offer.

Green signed with the Terriers in the summer of 2017 after the completion of his contract with Leeds United. He came in as a backup to Jonas Lossl and Joe Coleman but has not featured in a single game for Town this season.

As per the current situation, it would be rather unfortunate to see not a single team giving him a final chance to feature in the squad so late into his playing career.

After all, we are all aware of what Green brings to the table, having seen him play for so many years in the English league. He made over 200 appearances for West Ham United and Norwich City in a span of more than 13 years that he spent with the two clubs.

He has also registered 128 appearances for Queens Park Rangers and 39 clean sheets to his name for the Championship outfit. However, unfortunately, Green is most popular for the shocker we saw from him in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He flopped on one of Clint Dempsey’s long-range shots to concede a goal for England and help the USA stage a comeback into the preliminary rounds. That costly mistake marked an end to his otherwise illustrious career, which saw him getting omitted from any further proceedings in the competition, getting replaced by David James.

Green was brought back by Roy Hodgson for 2012 UEFA Euro League qualifiers against Montenegro and was named in the 23-man shortlist for the final tournament. He registered a clean sheet against Norway in the 1-0 defeat on 26 May.

Green even proved to be a solid presence in the Leeds United goal line in his veteran years. He made 48 total appearances and notched up 15 clean sheets. He started the campaign before last behind Felix Wiedwald in goal until Huddersfield Town came in to lure him away from Elland Road.

Though it is dubious whether Green has more football left in him, there are certainly a few clubs who could use his services. West Ham United are set to lose at least one of their goalkeepers in the form of Joe Hart, even if Adrian remains with the side.

Read More: Huddersfield Town Eyeing 34 Y/O Manchester City Midfield Ace: Where Can He Fit Into The Squad?

Maybe the 38-year-old could mark a return to his former side and act as a second option under the new manager Mauricio Pellegrino, in case there is any distant possibility of a move made by the West London club to increase their squad number.

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