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Brighton have signed midfielder Aaron Mooy from Huddersfield on a season-long loan, it has been confirmed on the club website, but not before the Australian signed a new three-year deal with the Terriers, running until 2022.
Mooy played 29 times for Huddersfield in the Premier League last season, scoring three goals, but could not stop their relegation to the second tier, but he has now made the loan move to Brighton to allow him to pursue his ambitions of playing in the English top-flight.
So is this a good bit of business by Huddersfield Town? What do you make of it?
“It looks a strange one when you first look at it, but as you begin to break it down, you can see Town’s thinking.
“Mooy was always heading for Brighton, but he had just a year of his deal left at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“So, tying him down and sending him out on loan helps Huddersfield retain the player’s value when he returns in 12 months. Then, they might look to move him on permanently, but with years on his deal, they can command a decent fee.
“Not as daft as it first looked.”
“The Terriers will naturally be disappointed to lose on of their star players on the final day of the window, but they could hardly stand in Mooy’s way if he wanted the move.
“Mooy could have been a talismanic figure for Huddersfield this season, as his clear quality means he would have thrived in the Championship.
“However, I do think Huddersfield have done well to ensure he is departing on a loan deal rather than a permanent. This means Mooy could well return to the club if they manage to seal promotion this season.
“Mooy’s desire to play Premier League football could well have spelled the end of his Huddersfield career, but the fact he has only left on loan shows he does perhaps see himself returning to the club.”
“I think it is a dreadful deal for Huddersfield and see no way how they come out of this well.
“They were clearly aware that Mooy was desperate to keep playing Premier League football this season and they will have known that from very early on in the summer – so why not cash in?
“By doing this they are simply prolonging the inevitable. If Huddersfield are not promoted this season then Mooy is going to have no interest in playing for the Terriers and will have to sell him.
“I can definitely empathise with the fans on this one and can see why it would be so irritating for them – especially on deadline day.”