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EXCLUSIVE: Huddersfield chief explains loan move for Man City midfielder Mooy

Huddersfield Town admitted their surprise when Manchester City approached them about taking a certain player on loan in the summer.

The current Championship table-toppers were asked by the Premier League giants if they knew anything about Australian international Aaron Mooy.

City had signed the 25-year-old from A-League club, and sister affiliate Melbourne City, with the plan to send him to a quality lower league club for the 2016/17 season.

Terriers fans knew little about Mooy when he first arrived at John Smith's Stadium but are delighted the Socceroos star is among their ranks, having impressed greatly in five league matches which has seen the West Yorkshire outfit start the new campaign without defeat.

Regarding how the temporary deal came to fruition, Huddersfield's Head of Football Operations, Stuart Webber, told Tribalfootball: "We watched him a lot remotely while he was in Australia,"

"Having Jason (Davidson) in the international squad, we knew him from their as well and our recruitment analyst, Luke England, had done a lot of statistical work on him from the A-League as well. He came up really highly in that.

"When I was at Liverpool, Gary Worthington (Head of Player Recruitment at City) was my opposite number as Head of Academy Recruitment at City and I had a good relationship with him, and he called up.

"He said: 'Listen, we are signing this player form Melbourne City, do you know him?'. And we knew him well and they were looking for a club to place on him loan next season.

"Gary said: 'You guys fit the bill in terms of how you play, location, English Championship, manager who develops players'. It all just fit as it did with Danny Ward and Liverpool.

"They said he was going to play against England in a friendly at Sunderland (in May), and to try and watch him again, but I already gave Gary some comfort by telling him that we've actually been following him.

"Not realising that he had signed for Man City had blown us out of the water really.

"Then Brian Marwood got involved and he brought Aaron over to see myself, the chairman and David Wagner. We had a good 3 or 4 hours with both Brian and the player because Man City were keen to send him to the right club, not just any club.

"So we thought about how he would fit in, how he would operate in our style of play, how we would develop him and how we could create opportunities for him.

"We had to sell it to both Aaron and Man City as he had a couple of very attractive options but he decided that this was the place for him.

"We probably started six months ago with him being flagged to us from Australia. He was flagged by (Terriers captain) Mark Hudson's agent who is involved with Mile Jedinak and Aaron as well.

"But the minute Man City picked up the phone and asked the question, 'did we know him?', it was a really easy one for us because we knew him quite well, we aren't starting from scratch."

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