Huddersfield look for consistency with club record transfer

Huddersfield Town have opted to honour consistency as they make on loan midfielder from last season their club record signing. Aaron Mooy, who was loaned to the Yorkshire club from Manchester City last season, was a massive influence on completing the underdog’s success story reaching the Premier League via the Championship play offs. Mooy was crucial and helped the team play an entertaining brand of football. He was awarded the Huddersfield Player of the Year award at the end of the memorable campaign.

Mooy first arrived in English football back in 2006 when he was in Bolton Wanderers youth squad. He signed a first team contract in 2009 but failed to appear for the north-west club in his first season. The Australian rejected a new contract from Bolton to search for a club who could guarantee him more first team football. Mooy moved north of the boarder into Scottish football, where he signed for St. Mirren. On the same day he signed for the Scottish club he played for them for the first time. He fought for his place in the St. Mirren side in the 2010/11 season playing 18 times in all competitions. He managed a single goal that season and two assists. He played less in the next season, just the 12 outings and one goal and a single assist. The lack of first team football was due to a back problem that he struggled with for the first four months of the season. It hindered his development and he then struggled to nail down a regular first team place.

The Australian midfielder was allowed to leave St. Mirren after that season and he decided to move home. He signed for a new Australian club – Western Sydney Wanderers (WSW) on a free transfer. He spent two years at WSW playing 53 times scoring five times and notching up three assists. He was gathering a reputation as a controlling midfielder who excelled in sitting deep and helping in defensive areas. During his two years at WSW he finished runner up in the A-League both seasons. Mooy once again left the club looking for more game time. He moved to Melbourne City in May of 2014. His debut season at the club saw his statistics improve. He played 27 times scoring seven and creating four. Melbourne City lost 3-0 to rivals Melbourne Victory in the semi-finals of the Finals Series. The next season saw Mooy reach a new level. His game improved as his team reached the same stage of the Final Series, losing in the semis. Mooy played 26 times scored 11 goals and set up 10 to record his best season of his career.

Manchester City used their sister club relationship with Melbourne City to bring Mooy to the Manchester club in 2016. The Australian international had impressed in the A-League winning Melbourne City’s player of the year in both seasons he was there. Moving to Manchester was short lived for Mooy as he was soon loaned to Huddersfield after his arrival.

He was finally offered what he had been searching for. Constant football throughout the 2016/17 season. He notched up 51 appearances in all competitions for ‘The Terriers’. His ability was clear early as he became a first team regular from the start of the season. He was utilised as a defensive, central and attacking midfielder throughout the season showing his understanding of the game. In the first game he was played further forward against Leeds he scored his first goal for Huddersfield against Leeds in a Yorkshire derby that Huddersfield won 1-0. He missed the one league game all season as he was involved in 45 games in the league campaign. He finished with four goals and 10 assists in his debut season at Huddersfield. He held his nerve in both play off games scoring in both penalty shoot outs. The timing of his penalty in the final at Wembley was key. It was Huddersfield’s fourth penalty and Reading after four of their penalties were leading 3-2. He stood up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to turn the momentum in the shoot out. Huddersfield went on to win and move to the Premier League.

It will be a difficult year for Premier League new boys Huddersfield. They do not have the resources that many Premier League regulars do. However, the signing of Australian international Mooy shows that they are moving in the right direction. He was vital in the promotion success and bringing him to the club on a permanent basis ensures that they are not starting their new campaign worse off than they were ending the one before. Mooy will bring quality and composure to the middle of the field. The signing of talented Mooy will now allow Huddersfield to build on the brilliant foundation they had last season, more signings are needed, but they are doing all the right things.

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