Hughes links up with Blues

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Following the confirmation that Kevin Watson will remain as manager for the 2017/18 season, Blues are pleased to announce that former Northern Ireland international Mark Hughes has joined as player-assistant manager.

hughesIt will be the 33-year-old’s first job in management but he arrives at the ProKit UK Stadium with a wealth of playing experience.

After progressing through the Tottenham youth system, the Dungannon-born midfielder went on to play more than 250 games in the Football League for Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic, Chesterfield, Chester City and Barnet. 127 of those appearances came for Barnet, and he scored the goal kept the Bees in the Football League on the final day of the 2011/12 season.

Having played 12 games for their under-21s, Hughes was picked for the Northern Ireland squad, which toured America in 2006, making two full caps against Romania and Uruguay.

He also played for Thurrock, Stevenage Borough and Eastleigh before joining Chelmsford City in July 2013, immediately being made captain. He made  his 100th appearance in all competitions for the Clarets on 7 November 2015 in a loss to Truro City, before joining Eastbourne Borough last summer. He made 38 league appearances for the Borough last season, scoring 11 goals.

We’d like to welcome Mark to the club and look for a repeat of that goal he scored against us in February 2015.

Author: Dave Ryan