Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy has joined Brighton & Hove Albion permanently from Championship club Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year contract, reported to be about 5 million pounds ($A9.6m), after impressing during an initial loan spell during the first half of this Premier League season.
"I'm delighted, I've been really enjoying my time with the club so far and my family are settled too, which is very important for me," Mooy told the club website.
"Hopefully it can continue, and I can keep helping the team. You never know what to expect in football, but I spoke to Maty Ryan a few times before I joined, and he told me good things.
"We have always been good friends and he was right with what he told me. I'm enjoying the training ground, the stadium, the fans, the city and everything else.
"It's been great and hopefully I can keep enjoying it. At the moment the fans seem to like me too, so that's nice."
Mooy spent time at Bolton and then St Mirren in Scotland before stints in the A-League with Western Sydney and Melbourne City.
His form at the latter saw him win the PFA Player of the Year award which prompted a move back to England to join Manchester City in 2016.
Mooy was immediately loaned out to Huddersfield and in his first season helped the Terriers win promotion to the top flight of English football.
"We are delighted to have agreed a permanent deal with Aaron and Huddersfield," Brighton head coach Graham Potter said.
"We knew what Aaron would bring, and he's proved to be an excellent addition to our squad and a great professional both on and off the pitch."
He has made 18 appearances for the Seagulls, 15 of them being Premier League starts, and scored two goals.
Brighton are currently 15th, two points and three places above the relegation zone which features Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich.
Potter's men visit 17th-placed West Ham next Saturday before a home game against Watford, and Mooy recognises the significance of keeping spirits high heading into those two important Premier League matches.
"We know we have to stay positive because this is a big period," he added.
"We haven't got the results we would have liked recently but you have to use that disappointing feeling as motivation going forward."
Australian Associated Press