Hughes wants to extend County stay
7:01am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
DEFENDER Andrew Hughes is hopeful on penning a new deal to stay at Newport County AFC, writes Michael Pearlman.
The academy graduate was being chased by a host of Football League clubs eighteen months ago, with around a dozen clubs scouting him at one stage.
However, Hughes wasn’t always a regular for the Exiles last term and is now living his Football League dream with Newport after their promotion ended a 25-year odyssey in non-league football.
Following a string of impressive performances this term, Newport are eager to tie Hughes down with a new contract and admits it’s something he wants as well.
“Talks are going on at the moment and I’m waiting to see what happens, but I am very happy,” Hughes commented.
A survivor of the Exiles team who lost at Wembley to York in the FA Trophy Final, Hughes admits the scars are still there and it gives his side another motivation tomorrow.
“It was amazing to go and play at Wembley, a great experience and a good achievement, but it’s still in the back of your head that we lost and it was York who beat us,” he said.
“They are a different team now but so are we, our squad is probably 90% different and we are very together now and we have had some really good performances, especially at home.”
Debate on terraces continues in regard to Hughes’ best position, having been used so far this term as a central defender, a left back in a back four and a left wing back.
However, the player himself seemingly couldn’t care less.
He explained: “Honestly, as long as I am on the pitch and I’m playing, I am happy, it doesn’t matter where I play, I’ll always do a job for the team.”
Hughes has impressed throughout the campaign but was taken off at half time at Rochdale on Saturday along with Mike Flynn on a difficult afternoon for the Exiles.
However, Hughes feels even in defeat (3-0) there was at least partial cause for optimism.
“They were a very good side and we aren’t saying differently,” he said.
“But even on our worst day, really not playing well at all, we had a chance (a penalty, saved by the goalkeeper) that would’ve made it 2-1.
“And considering the attacking players in our squad, I would have backed us to maybe get another one. Goals change games.
“But now we are just looking forward to getting back out there and putting things right.”
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