New­boy Hughes has been quick to im­press

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Come on Boro -

The best Posh per­former dur­ing pre-sea­son?

New strike part­ners ShaquileCoulthir­standPaulTay­lor have been scor­ing goals, goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick has been in out­stand­ing form, while young Leo Da Silva Lopes has played well enough to tempt Premier League scouts to the ABAX Sta­dium.

But has any­one been more con­sis­tently im­pres­sive than new left-sided de­fender An­drew Hughes? Not re­ally.

The24year-old­has­beenso good the fail­ure to per­suade Cal­lumElder­tore­turn­toPosh has been shrugged off by the club’s fans.

Hughes was picked up from League Two side New­port County in the sum­mer. He’d fallen out of con­tract at a club he’d helped to two pro­mo­tions and made a speedy de­ci­sion to move­u­padi­vi­sion once he’d spo­ken to a for­mer County team-mate.

“I called Conor Wash­ing- ton as he had made the same moveasme,” Hugh­es­re­vealed. “And he couldn’t speak highly enoughofthe­club. He­toldme it would be agreat move and that was good enough for me as I trust his opin­ion.

“I had great times at New­port. I was there for f ive sea­sons and we won two pro­mo­tion­ssotheon­ly­mem­o­ries I have are good ones.

“But it was time for a new chal­lenge and, af­ter speak­ing toConor, it wasano-brain­erto move to Peter­bor­ough.

“It’s a higher di­vi­sion, they are a strong team at this level and the man­ager’s rep­u­ta­tion in thegameisvery­good. It was an of­fer I couldn’t turn down. Ev­ery player wants to test them­selves at a higher level.

“Grant McCann made it ob­vi­ous early doors what he wants and that’s pro­mo­tion. All the play­ers are tuned into that and­de­ter­mined to have a real go to make it hap­pen

“I knowwe­havesignedan- oth­er­left-back, but­that’s okay withme. I playmybest­foot­ball when I have com­pe­ti­tion for my place.

“Any­way I have played the last three years as a cen­tre­back so I’m ver­sa­tile.

“I set­tled in re­ally quickly be­causethe­yarea­good­bunch of lads here and pre-sea­son has gone re­ally well for us.

“I’ve played in the Na­tional League so I know how tough teams in that di­vi­sion are and we’ve tested our­selves against Cham­pi­onship sides.

“We’ve­wongameswhichis also im­por­tant.”

Trans­fers be­tween Posh and New­port have been rare. Cen­tre- back Keith Oakes played in the Euro­pean Cup Win­ners Cup for the Welsh club af­ter leav­ing Lon­don Road.

Oth­ers to have played for both clubs in­clude Souley­maneCoulibaly, AlanWad­dle, Paul Brad­shaw, Joe Day, John Corn­forth and Andy Legg.

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