Easy-going Elvis Manu has heard all the Presley puns.

Huddersfield Town’s new loan signing shrugs off the jokes with a smile.

But the Dutchman who is hoping for a club debut at Preston North End is deadly serious about his football.

And after a frustrating five months at Town’s Championship rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, he’s eager to hit the right note with the John Smith's Stadium faithful.

Winger Manu, 22, has an impressive pedigree.

He came through the ranks at Feyenoord, and after loan spells at fellow Dutch clubs Excelsior and Cambuur, established himself at the crack Rotterdam club.

Elvis Manu signs on loan for Huddersfield Town

Last seasons’s far from shabby stats of 10 goals, three of them in the Europa League, in 33 appearances, helped persuade Brighton to part with £1.5m during the August transfer window.

It was a big but welcome move for Manu, who explained: “Many Dutch footballers want to play in England.

“We grow up watching Match of the Day, and this country is renowned for the strength of the leagues and passion of the fans.

“Playing for Feyenoord was fantastic, and I will always be grateful for what they did for me and the opportunity they gave me.

“I was happy there and I had two years left on my contract, but Brighton came in with their offer, the club accepted it, and I was excited to move.”

The problem for Manu, who has been capped by Holland right from Under 16 through to Under 21 level but also qualifies to play for Ghana, was that Chris Hughton’s side were flying when he arrived after agreeing a three-year deal.

The only time they had dropped points in the five Championship games played was at the John Smith’s, where they drew 1-1 on August 18.

“The boys had started the season really well, and they kept going,” added Manu. “They went 21 games unbeaten before losing against Middlesbrough.”

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That consistency made it hard for Manu to make an impact, and he has had to be content with eight substitute appearances and just the one start, in the FA Cup third-round defeat at Hull City on January 9.

Frustrated and keen to play games, he asked boss Hughton about the possibility of a loan.

“I just felt it wasn’t happening for me,” he continued.

“It was getting to me because as a professional footballer, you want to play, not watch.

“I wasn’t a case of asking to leave Brighton, I just thought a loan might help us all.

“The manager wasn’t that keen, and he told me to train hard and that my time would come.

“But he did say that if a good opportunity arose, he would consider it.”

As deadline day arrived and nothing happened, Manu thought his chance had gone.

Then, after training with Brighton, he got a text.

“It was a message that Huddersfield were interested,” he said.

“We got in touch, had a conversation and it was all agreed within an hour.

“It came out of the blue, but that’s football. Expect the unexpected.

“I had just seen Huddersfield play at Brighton (Manu was an unused substitute) and I liked the type of football they were playing. I thought it would suit my style.”

So what is that style?

“I have played most often as a left winger, and I like to think I have energy, a liking to dribble with the ball, and an eye for goal,” came the response.

“I can also play on the right, or as one of the strikers, and I would be happy with any of those roles here at Huddersfield.

“This is a club with a good history and an ambition to make progress, and I would like to play a part.”

While Brighton have a recall option after 28 days, Manu is planning on being at Town for the rest of he season.

He is living in Leeds, and will soon be joined by partner Mercy and their 10-month-old son Jerome.

“I’ve enjoyed my first week here, the training has been good, and I am fit and ready to go,” he said.