Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy has completed a permanent move to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion, the club where he has spent the first half the season on loan.

Mooy signs from Huddersfield Town on a three-and-a-half year deal, with the transfer fee not disclosed.

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“I’m delighted, I’ve been really enjoying my time with the club so far and my family are settled too, which is very important for me,” Mooy told the club website.

“Hopefully it can continue, and I can keep helping the team. You never know what to expect in football, but I spoke to Maty Ryan a few times before I joined, and he told me good things.

“We have always been good friends and he was right with what he told me. I’m enjoying the training ground, the stadium, the fans, the city and everything else.

“It’s been great and hopefully I can keep enjoying it. At the moment the fans seem to like me too, so that’s nice.”

Head coach Graham Potter said, “We are delighted to have agreed a permanent deal with Aaron and Huddersfield. He’s been an important player for us and will have a key part to play going forward.

“We knew what Aaron would bring, and he’s proved to be an excellent addition to our squad and a great professional both on and off the pitch.”

– significantly below what would have been expected if a Premier League bidding war took place at the end of the season.

Mooy spent time at Bolton and then St Mirren in Scotland before stints in the A-League with Western Sydney and Melbourne City.

His form at the latter saw him win the PFA Player of the Year award which prompted a move back to England to join Manchester City in 2016.

Mooy was immediately loaned out to Huddersfield and in his first season helped the Terriers win promotion to the top flight of English football.

“His understandable preference is to play in the Premier League, and he’s been doing very well at Brighton,” Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley said.

He has made 18 appearances for the Seagulls, 15 of them being Premier League starts, and scored two goals.

Brighton are currently 15th, two points and three places above the relegation zone which features Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich.