On the back of a disappointing first season at the John Smith’s Stadium, Carlos Corberan will feel fortunate that he gets to begin a second campaign at Huddersfield.
The club’s hierarchy, who have not been scared to change direction in the past, have opted to keep faith in a head coach who only delivered 20th position in the Championship.
The Spaniard has been given the freedom to make widespread changes in personnel with the arrival of Chelsea loanee Levi Colwill the most eye-catching addition.
However, supporters will be hoping that Jordan Rhodes can rediscover the form which made him one of the most feared strikers in the EFL during his time at Huddersfield between 2009 and 2012.
Last season’s top goalscorer Josh Koroma netted the only goal of the game as the Terriers defeated League Two outfit Harrogate by a 1-0 scoreline on Saturday.
At a time when Huddersfield were playing fixtures every three or four days, Southport were having to contend with frustrating weeks and months on the sidelines.
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The Sandgrounders have not played a competitive game since Boxing Day, a consequence of the National League North eventually being made null and void due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Liam Watson’s squad have since returned with two friendlies, the first coming against Blackpool in a game where they suffered a 2-0 defeat