Longtime Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy has agreed to leave the Championship-bound side for the first time since 2016 to move to Brighton on a one-year loan deal. The 28-year-old has passed his physical at the club's performance center this morning ahead of making the official announcement about the move.
Brighton manager Graham Potter praised the club's fifth signing of the summer, describing Mooy as the "talisman" over at Huddersfield and someone who's "proved to be an excellent professional both on and off the pitch." He also added that he is looking forward to seeing how the Aussie will fit into the Gulls' midfield.
Depending on who you talk to, Aaron Mooy might be the greatest Australian footballer in recent memory. The newest Seagull started his professional career back in 2010 with Scottish side St. Mirren. After two seasons in the UK, the Aussie moved to his hometown of Sydney to play for the A-League's newest side, the Western Sydney Wanderers. And it wasn't long until he helped lead the club to their first league title.
Mooy's career continued in Sydney for one more season. After the 2013-14 campaign, he made the move up to Melbourne City FC. It was at this Manchester City sister club where he started to prove his dominance on the pitch. After each of his two years with the City Blues, Mooy was named the club's Player of the Year, he was a part of the A-League's Team of the Season, and he won the league's Player of the Year.
After the 2015-16 season, in which he continued to prove his worth with Melbourne, Manchester City called him up to their club, marking his return to Europe. Soon after moving to the Etihad, he was almost immediately sent down to Championship club Huddersfield on a loan deal. In his first season with the club, he helped the Terriers finish fifth in the second division before soon scoring two key goals in penalties to win promotion to the Premier League for the first time ever.
Over these past two seasons in the Prem, Mooy has appeared in 65 matches and has scored seven times. But more importantly, he's proven to be a leader for a Huddersfield side that arguably had no right to remain in England's top flight for as long as they did. So if nothing else, Brighton have acquired someone who can help cultivate a strong culture in the locker room.
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