Words by Gary Carter
DAVID Wagner has revealed he allowed Joe Lolley and Martin Cranie to leave Huddersfield after they said they wanted to go.
Forward Lolley joined Nottingham Forest and defender Cranie headed to Middlesbrough as the transfer window ticked down.
And German boss Wagner revealed that once they both said they felt like they should maybe head elsewhere, they were on their way out.
He said: “Martin and Joe left and I’d said before, it makes only sense for us that we will try and be successful in our challenge with players who are 100 per cent committed.
“They thought they’d like to move on as they had good opportunities and I totally respect their decision.
“I’m very thankful for what they did since I arrived here and this is the reason why they left the club. I wish them all the best.
“Now the group I have will move on and try to make another miracle happen – staying in the Premier League.”
Huddersfield now sit second bottom after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United, which Wagner believes may actually be a good thing for their survival hopes.
The Old Trafford clash represented a huge step up for German forward Collin Quaner, who less than five years ago was playing in front of 200 people in German reserve team football.
The 26-year-old said: “It’s some rise.
“The crowd back then was not comparable with Huddersfield or in the Premier League, it will definitely be a different kind of atmosphere today.
“Everything now is faster and my dreams back then were to play in the Bundesliga or in the UK. I’ve gone beyond those but I still have goals now.
“I moved to Union Berlin and played against Borussia Dortmund in the cup.
“We took Dortmund to a penalty shoot-out, which was in front of the famous yellow wall and it blew me away.
“And my first game for Huddersfield was at Rochdale in the FA Cup, nothing I experienced can really compare!”