Aaron Mooy has enjoyed two fantastic seasons at Huddersfield Town.
Brought from the A-League by German manager David Wagner in 2016, Mooy surprised many with the quick manner he adapted first to the Championship, and then to the Premier League.
The midfielder made a staggering 51 appearances, scoring four goals, in his first season in England. He quickly became a firm favourite with Huddersfield fans, who voted him their best player of the season.
His stocks rose even higher as he helped Town reach the Premier League in a fairytale manner. Beating Sheffield Wednesday first on penalties, then pipping Reading at Wembley on penalties, it was a truly magical an unexpected run. The Terriers, one of their lowest spenders in the Championship, were in the top flight again after a 45-year absence.
And at the heart of it was Mooy, scoring vital penalties at both Hillsborough and in the final at Wembley. The Socceroo was the man of the match in the playoff final as his boyhood dream of reaching the Premier League was finally realised.
I was there that day at the iconic London ground when Mooy walked into the mixed zone draped in the Australian flag. Normally shy and reticient, he spoke beautifully and emotively about his journey, from Blacktown to his special moment.
After that successful debut season many rival clubs were alerted to his talent, and Huddersfield signed him permanently on an £8 million deal from Manchester City.
The Sydneysider didn’t take a step back in his first campaign at the elite level either. Mooy played 36 games, missing only two of Huddersfield’s Premier League fixtures through injury. He was a mainstay as the west Yorkshire side proved the critics wrong and pulled off another miracle, beating the drop. Back-to-back fairytales.