Huddersfield Town defender Loick Ayina returns to Scottish Premiership on loan
- Loick Ayina joins Ross County on loan
- Huddersfield Town defender returns to Scottish Premiership
- Town have taken option on Ayina’s contract until 2025
Huddersfield Town defender Loick Ayina has today returned to the Scottish Premiership with Ross County on loan for the remainder of the campaign, having previously enjoyed a period with Dundee United in the second half of the 2022/23 season.
Previous to his loan agreement being reached, the Club has also taken the option year on Ayina’s existing Town contract, keeping him with us until at least the summer of 2025.
A regular captain at B Team level for Town, he has made four appearances for the Club in all competitions at First Team level, playing twice from the bench in the Sky Bet Championship this season and once in the Carabao Cup, completing 90 minutes.
No stranger to the Scottish Premiership, the 20-year-old French defender made 13 appearances for Dundee United in 2023 across all competitions, registering one assist during that period.
Huddersfield Town Sporting Director Mark Cartwright commented:
“Loick has real potential and has shown that already, but to truly learn his trade he needs to be playing consistently, and that’s unlikely to happen for him here at present with the other options we have available to us in the same position.
"As we have just seen with Brodie Spencer, these opportunities can be the perfect platform for a player on the brink of our First Team to gain the neccessary experience before returning to us ready to play at that level, which is a challenge that Loick is aware of.
“Taking the option on his contract for another season, he is a player that we believe can grow and improve, and we look forward to seeing how he fares with Ross County at a crucial stage in their season. Having done well in Scotland last season, his task is to now build on that experience.”
Huddersfield Town Manager Darren Moore added:
“I’ve enjoyed working with and getting to know Loick, and love the passion and enthusiasm he has for defending - that type of positivity and attitude toward hard work is a credit to him, and something we know he’ll continue with Ross County.
“I’m really happy that we’ve taken the option on his contract to keep him with us for another season, too, and we will be watching on to see how he progresses in Scotland with a keen eye - he’s a player that could have a bright future ahead of him should he put all of his talents together in the right way.”
Bonne chance, Loick!