The protracted transfer saga of Adam Clayton is coming to a head with the news that the Huddersfield Town midfielder is on the verge of signing for Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

For Clayton, it brings an end to a summer's worth of rumours which had become unsettling as the season kick-off approaches, while for Middlesbrough and Aitor Karanka, it represents the acquisition of Town's star player and a coup by anyone's reckoning.

They have seemingly fended off competition from Brighton and Hove Albion to land a much-coveted player at this level and shown they are a force to be reckoned with this year after adding him to the £2.7m signing of striker Kike.

But what does it mean for Mark Robins and Town? There are multiple ways of looking at it.

Firstly, there's the proposed fee, with a reported £1.5m rising to £2m ultimately proving too much for the Terriers to turn down for a player entering the final 12 months of his contract.

Secondly, the impact the rumours must be having on every

one at the club was sure to be felt and, as such, the club have held out for a price they deemed suitable and are now armed with funds to find a replacement for Clayton, as well as boosting the squad in other areas, should Robins see fit.

It remains to be seen how the move will affect the rest of the squad. Could it be seen as a backwards step or is this simply the platform required for Town's surplus of promising youngsters such as Duane Holmes, Philip Billing and Jake Charles to step into the spotlight?

It could also have revitalising consequences for the likes of Jonathan Hogg and Oliver Norwood, who will both now be seen as leading lights alongside recent addition Radoslaw Majewski in the midfield engine room to compensate for Clayton's departure.

The man who was crowned 2013/2014 Player of the Year and scorer of seven goals last term has left behind some great memories at Huddersfield Town, however, over the two seasons spent at the John Smith's Stadium.

 

It is fanciful to suggest he will leave a legacy at the club after such a short spell but his time at the club can be recalled in a favourable light by Town fans, not least for his decision to move from Leeds United in the first place.

Clayton arrived at Town for a £350,000 fee in the summer of 2012 off the back of a fruitful season with Leeds which saw him score six times in 43 appearances but a chance to work under Simon Grayson once more, as well as a move nearer to his Manchester home, led to an Elland Road exit.

It was toasted by Town fans as arguably the club's marquee buy upon their first season back in the second tier since 2000/2001 after their promotion from League One and joined the likes of Norwood, Joel Lynch, Anthony Gerrard and Sean Scannell in moving to the Terriers.

He struck his first goal for the club in just his fourth outing - a 2-2 draw at Ipswich Town - by opening the scoring with a thunderous effort after the Tractor Boys had failed to clear a corner, with Clayton ramming home from the edge of the box.

Clayton followed that up quickly with the goal which sealed a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in a hotly contested Yorkshire derby which saw two men sent off - one for each side - from the penalty spot.

He also notched from 12 yards in a 1-1 stalemate at Charlton Athletic and in the 4-2 reverse to former club Leeds but saved his best for last as he netted a stunning 35-yard free-kick at Leicester City in an FA Cup fourth-round replay which helped set up a date with then Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic.

WATCH: Clayton scores opener against Leicester City with stunning free-kick

 

In total, his debut campaign saw him accumulate 48 appearances in all competitions, encompassing five goals and 11 yellow cards - nine of which came domestically.

He made 46 outings in 2013/2014 but his form in front of goal showed no sign of slowing as he relished the added pressure in a goalscoring capacity after striker James Vaughan's season was cut short by injury.

Clayton found the net in each of the five-goal romps against Bournemouth, Yeovil Town and Barnsley respectively and was the driving force behind Town's efforts to stay in the division. It led to Brighton having a bid of around £1m rejected for Town's midfield general in January.

What was most impressive about his season performance was his ability to strike decisive winners, a feat he managed on four occasions against Sheffield Wednesday (A), Wigan Athletic (H), Birmingham City (A) and Yeovil again in the away meeting - the 2-1 win which ensured Town retained their Championship status.

It was his seventh and last goal of the season and, though, he played in both of the club's remaining league fixtures at the back end of last term, it looks set to prove Clayton's final contribution, and indeed hurrah, in the blue and white stripes.

The beard he grew, which has become more or less synonymous with him, and the money he raised for charity because of it will be remembered, as will his celebration in the 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday which depicted a training-ground scuffle involving him and Martin Paterson.

 

So it seems to be a final farewell to Town's 2013/2014 Player of the Year and, as they say, no one individual is bigger than any club, but Clayton's impact in his two-year stint means he will not be forgotten in a hurry.