Huddersfield Town: Scott Arfield interview

Eight months on from his arrival from Falkirk, Scott Arfield's settling-in period in Yorkshire is quite literally nearing completion.

Now, with the language problem and a house move just about sorted, the young Scot's remaining aim is to fulfil his potential on the pitch.

Arfield, 22, arrived at Huddersfield last May with a big reputation and with a whole host of clubs chasing the midfielder's signature.

Hibernian, Hearts, Hamilton and Southampton are thought to have had bids turned down.

Instead it was the Terriers who landed their man for a six-figure fee but eight months on, it is double figures that Arfield is seeking in terms of goals.

Off the pitch, the Livingston-born player has now fully acclimatised to life in England and Yorkshire – the 5ft 10in midfielder delighted that his team-mates can now finally understand him and now about to move into his recently-purchased house.

On the field it has not gone badly either – a host of appearances and five goals netted – but the ambitious Arfield says there is much, much more to come.

Speaking to Yorkshire Sport this week about life at Huddersfield eight months on, Arfield said: "I'm settling in very well.

"It's been a long, hard season and it's been up and down but we are still unbeaten in 2011 and hopefully that can continue.

"I really like it here in Yorkshire but I don't think anybody could understand me at first!

"However, I've toned my Scottish down to English now and I think that everyone can now understand me!

"This is a lovely place to be and a great club to start my English career at.

"Each day I have just loved every minute of it and long may it continue."

Turning his attentions to matters on the pitch Arfield said: "I've been up and down this season, to be fair.

"From midfield each season I try and get my goalscoring tally to 10. I am halfway there this season with half the games to go.

"I think I should be on 10 or more so far but there's a lot of competition in the team and sometimes you have just got to keep a smile on your face when you are on the bench.

"You have just got to take your chance when you get that opportunity.

"I'm halfway there with my goals tally and I want to work hard to get more goals, but I think in my overall game there is a lot more to come and I just need to take my chances when I am in the team and hopefully stay in the side."

Arfield admits there is every reason to believe his performances will improve significantly during the second half of 2010-11 given that his off-field developments are almost nearing completion.

The former Scottish under-21 player was asked to move some 240 miles in relocating from hometown Livingston but is delighted that in a month's time he will have a Yorkshire pad to call his own.

"I'm still renting at the moment but I've just recently got an offer accepted on a flat downstairs in the same building," he said.

"I'm looking at moving into that at the end of January/beginning of February.

"I'm looking forward to that and that will be me really settled."

Huddersfield, too, are nicely settled in terms of being in League One's play-offs but Arfield believes that his side can yet finish in the top two.

The Scot was still a Falkirk player when Town suffered play-off heartache at Millwall last season but feels leaders Brighton and second-placed Southampton can yet be caught while admitting his side would still take a top-six spot if it ultimately led to going up.

"The play-offs can be good enough to take you up but I think we are good enough for the top two and that's what we are setting out for this season," he said.

"I think, to be fair, that if we asked for the play-offs and we knew that promotion was guaranteed we'd take that but we know we have the

ability to finish in the top two.

"I think we need to remain positive.

"We've played one or two more games than the teams around us and we are sitting fourth at the moment so we kind of need the games in hand for the teams around us to be draws.

"It's a very competitive league and very tight at the top but the feeling in the dressing room is that automatic promotion is definitely something that we can achieve.

"We are going to do everything we can to achieve it."

Arfield will hope to be essential to the cause – the Scot with the bit between his teeth and determined to return at least a double-figure goals tally.

Looking further ahead, the midfielder admits he also dreams of representing his country but Arfeld knows success at that level will only come after succeeding in a big way at the Galpharm.

"I think everybody in the team would like to play at a higher level and I'd like to represent my country as well," said Arfield.

"But at this stage of my career I just want to consolidate my place in the Huddersfield team.

"My performances have been a bit in and out and a bit up and down so I'd like to get my form back to where it should be, work as hard as I

can and hopefully get more goals."

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