Since signing on a season-long loan from Premiership giants Manchester City at the start of July, Aaron Mooy has impressed Town fans with a number of accomplished pre-season displays.
The 25-year-old Australian international has comfortably slotted into the heart of Huddersfield's midfield, already becoming a fans favourite with his pin-point passing and ability to dictate games.
Mooy arrives at the John Smith's Stadium on the back of a stellar 2015/16 campaign in the A-League with Melbourne City, where he set a new league record of 20 assists in a single season before signing for sister club Manchester City on a three-year deal.
Ahead of the curtain-raiser against Brentford on Saturday, the Examiner caught up with Expat Tim Hewitt who has lived in Australia for eight years and supported Melbourne City for the last five of them.
Growing up in Northern Ireland supporting Norman Whiteside and Manchester United in the 1980s, Tim knows about quality footballers and charts the meteoric rise of the attacking midfielder below.
So you've seen Aaron a lot playing for Melbourne? What type of player is he?
Well Aaron was brought to Melbourne from Western Sydney Wanderers in May 2014 and it's been a real pleasure watching him play for City over the past few years.
In his first season I knew I was watching someone special - City heavily relied on him right from the off as he finished the season with 27 league appearances, chipping in with seven goals and eight assists.
It was no surprise he was offered a ‘Marquee’ deal by the club the following season (each club has two players that are paid outside the salary cap and usually reserved for a recognised star).
He quickly repaid the faith though and became even better - City scored a total of 63 goals with Aaron involved in a staggering 43 of them (11 goals and a record breaking 20 assists). What type of player is he? I think the stats do most of the talking here - he was the complete player for City last season.
Aaron can score while his vision and passing are a joy to watch; he has great spacial awareness and his dead ball delivery is superb. Throw hard working in there and I believe you have the perfect attacking midfielder.
What is he like off the pitch?
I’ve never directly spoken to Aaron but he always comes over to the fans after games to sign autographs and have pictures taken with the kids.
He also comes across as a quiet, reserved and humble person who is easily embarrassed - you will see this in the interviews he does on TV.
His home is on the pitch and it's where he feels most comfortable.
Any stand-out moments for him during his time with Melbourne?
Its very hard to pick out one stand out moment for Aaron during his time at Melbourne as pretty much every game I saw him in was a joy to watch.
Maybe I was conditioned with watching poor football over previous seasons but Aaron restored my faith in the A-League.
I loved watching him pass and dictating the pace of play - I remember he once played a cross field long ball with the outside of his right foot with pinpoint accuracy into the path of the running striker to setup a goal against cross town rivals Melbourne Victory.
I don’t get to see a pass like that much live these days and it reminded me of something David Beckham would have done. That pass is Aaron Mooy.
Do you get to see a lot of Premier League/Championship football in Australia?
Yes – well we did.
The Premier league was shown on Foxtel (Sky TV) with most games live however this year they lost the broadcast rights to Optus who are mainly a mobile network provider. No-one is quite sure how this is going to work and if they have the infrastructure in place to be able to deliver via their platform. The upside however this year is that SBS (free to air channel) will be showing a number of live games as part of the deal.
The Championship will also be shown over here on BeinSports - how many games or what games I’m unsure of at the moment but obviously hoping there will be a few Huddersfield games thrown into the mix!
How do you think Aaron will do at Huddersfield and in the Championship?
This is a tricky one. I know what Aaron can do in the A-League but can he replicate his form with a different team in a different country under different circumstances?
Some people say the standard in the A-League is equivalent to the Lower Championship/League One. As Aaron was such a stand out in the A-League then it is the belief of many he can make an impact in the Championship with Huddersfield.
I always thought Aaron would be suited to one of the lower half teams in the Premiership as I believe he has the attributes required in order to do so.
He has also shown he can shine with the Australian National team with current manager Ange Postecoglou rating Mooy as one of his best during recent dominating performances. I’m expecting Mooy to be a star at Huddersfield this season and a fan favourite come the end of the season.
And moving forward, do you think he could make it at the Etihad as well?
Playing in the Championship will be a good test for him - he is still only 25 so he still has time to develop and adapt to the fast paced English game so it’s a real possibility he can go on and play for a Premiership team in the coming years.
It will be a tough ask for him to break into a top flight team like Manchester City. This may be a step too far for him at his current age.
What do you make of Huddersfield going into the new season?
To be honest I don’t know a lot about Huddersfield Town! However I expect to know a lot more about them this season.
I wish Mooy and Huddersfield all the best for 2016-2017 and look forward to seeing how he goes from week to week.