HUGHES IS A BIG FAN AL­READY

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND -

MARK HUGHES says that play­ing against Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley ear­lier in the sea­son con­vinced him the Wham Sta­dium was the place to be af­ter be­com­ing the club’s lat­est ad­di­tion.

The 29-year-old cen­tre­back be­came avail­able af­ter leav­ing Steve­nage this week – and Stan­ley boss John Cole­man was quick to snap him up.

Hughes had a spell on loan with the Reds back in 2013 but claims the club is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent place now, though it has the same feel about it.

“There’s a homely feel­ing,” he said. “It’ll be nice to be part of a team that is fly­ing, too.

“Ac­cring­ton are prob­a­bly the best side I’ve played this sea­son.

“If I can be in­volved and do what I can to push the club on, that will be great.”

While Cole­man is de­lighted to have Hughes on board, he ac­knowl­edges there was an el­e­ment of need to com­plete the deal.

He said:“The rea­son be­hind bring­ing in Mark is we’ve lost Dean Win­nard for three months to in­jury.”

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