Jaheim Headley, Ben Jackson, and Matty Pearson all get one-year contract extensions activated by the club, keeping them under contract through the summer of 2025.
The one-year contract extensions for three players have been activated, according to the Terriers. The contracts of Jaheim Headley, Ben Jackson, and Matty Pearson were all slated to expire in the summer of 2019, but they are now contractually committed to the team through the summer of 2025.
Since joining Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2021, center-back Pearson has played a significant role, starting nearly all of the games for which he was available. In 68 appearances, he has scored 10 goals, the most recent of which was the game-winning goal in last week’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City.
Jackson, a left-back by trade, had loan stints at Stockport County, Bolton Wanderers, and Doncaster Rovers before beginning to establish himself as a regular in the Town first-team squad last season, first under Mark Fotheringham and then again under Neil Warnock. Jackson made his first competitive appearance for the club on the opening day of the 2020–21 season.
After being recalled from a loan at League Two team Harrogate midway through the previous season, Headley, a fellow academy graduate, made the transition to regular Championship play. An explosive attack-minded wingback who helped Town end a losing streak in February, Headley is most known for scoring the game-winning goal against Birmingham City.
All three players were named in Darren Moore’s first starting line-up as Town boss away to Coventry City on Monday evening, and the club have acted early to ensure they will not become free agents next summer. Moore said in a club statement: “All three players have really impressed me in the short time I’ve been at the club, not only in how they have performed but their commitment and attitude in training, too.
“Matty Pearson is a player I’ve long admired and he has been fantastic for the club since he signed, becoming a really influential senior figure in our dressing room. Jaheim and Ben are both earlier in their careers, but have shown their ability when given opportunities, and I’m looking forward to seeing how then develop in our programme.”
Sporting Director Mark Cartwright added: “Having secured Darren, we’re in a position to think about how the squad will begin to look going forward – with an option to take on Matty, Jaheim and Ben’s deal, it made perfect sense to do so.
“Matty is a leader on the field and in the locker room, and his work ethic and dedication are unquestionable. He can help us establish a culture. We are really proud of Jaheim and Ben because they did so well to graduate from our school. They both have a lot of potential, and we can’t wait to watch them grow as they work with Darren.
Along with the currently on loan players Connor Mahoney, Jordan Rhodes, and Aaron Rowe, other players whose contracts are up for renewal next summer include Loick Ayina, Brahima Diarra, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Jonathan Hogg, and Yuta Nakayama. Ayina, Edmonds-Green, Mahoney, and Rowe are among the players that each have a one-year extension clause.