Centre-back Loick Ayina will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Ross County.
Huddersfield Town defender Loick Ayina has joined Scottish Premiership club Ross County on loan until the end of the season. The centre-back’s third loan spell since joining the Terriers, having previously been with Boston United in 2021 and spending the second part of last season with Dundee United, another Scottish Premiership side.
Ayina is Town’s second young player to go on loan this season, following Josh Austerfield’s move to Crewe Alexandra last week. The club has also confirmed that they have exercised the option year on Ayina’s contract, extending it until next summer.
“Loick has real potential and has demonstrated that already, but to truly learn his trade, he needs to play consistently, which is unlikely to happen for him here at the moment given the other options we have available to us in the same position,” Town’s sporting director Mark Cartwright told his club’s website.
“As we recently saw with Brodie Spencer, these possibilities can be the ideal platform for a player on the verge of joining our first team to obtain the necessary experience before returning to us ready to perform at that level, which is a task that Loick understands.
“Taking the option on his contract for another season, we believe he has the potential to grow and improve, and we are excited to watch how he performs for Ross County at this critical juncture of the season. After performing well in Scotland last season, his job is to build on that success.
Terriers manager Darren Moore added: “I’ve enjoyed working with and getting to know Loick, and I admire his passion and enthusiasm for defending.” That type of positivism and attitude toward hard work is a testament to him, and we know he’ll carry it with Ross County.
“I’m delighted that we have exercised the option on his contract to keep him with us for another season, and we will be keeping a close eye on how he progresses in Scotland. He’s a player who has the potential to have a good future if he combines all of his skills properly.”