DAMIEN JOHNSON'S return to the Galpharm moved a step closer today as Plymouth Argyle announced on their website: "He is ready to resume his career at Huddersfield Town."

Town confirmed they were set to sign the midfielder on a season-long loan, pending a medical and completion of the paperwork.

He is set to take the number 14 shirt he occupied during his spell at the club last season and could join up with the squad in time for the pre-season friendly at Dunfermline on Tuesday evening.

The two clubs have been in talks since the end of last season, but the deal has taken time because the 32-year-old midfielder has a lucrative Home Park contract which still has a year to run.

It is believed each club will pay a proportion of the wages of the former Northern Ireland star, who impressed in 23 loan appearances for Town last season before suffering a knee-ligament injury.

Argyle signed Johnson from Birmingham in February 2010, when they were in the Championship. They have suffered two relegations since and must comply with the League II salary cap.