Huddersfield Town striker James Vaughan has joined Championship rivals Birmingham City on loan for the remainder of the season.

It spells an end to the 27-year-old’s time at the John Smith’s Stadium, where he is out of contract this summer.

Vaughan will not be eligible to face Town in either the league – Birmingham visit on April 23 – or should the sides be drawn against each other in the FA Cup.

Gary Rowett’s side are at home to AFC Bournemouth in round three, and Vaughan will hope to add to the six appearances he made during his first loan spell which ended last weekend.

The ex-England Under 21 international has scored 33 goals, including two hat tricks, in 95 Town games.

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He has made four appearances for the club this season, all as a substitute.

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Everton Vaughan joined Town on loan from Norwich City in August 2012 and the move was made permanent in a £600,000 deal the close-season after.

His latest loan runs until June 30.

Town head coach David Wagner said: “James made it clear he would like to return to Birmingham and the details of his loan were correct for our club, so I was happy to let this happen.

“The loan period will take James up to the end of his contract at Huddersfield, so I’d like to wish him the best of luck.”