Easy decision to stick with County, says Andrew Hughes
ANDREW Hughes says he didn’t have to think long about signing a new contract to keep him at Newport County AFC until 2015.
Hughes and striker Conor Washington have been in talks with the club about new deals for the past few weeks but the 21-year-old defender insists that, when it came down to it, it was an easy decision to make.
“It’s been going on for a few weeks now so it’s good to get it over and done with and I can concentrate on the games coming up,” said Hughes.
“I’m fully committed to Newport so it was a pretty straightforward decision.”
The Cardiff-born youngster joined the club back in August 2008 when he accepted a place at the County academy having been released by Cardiff City aged 15.
He quickly progressed through the ranks with the Exiles, making his debut in the Conference South aged 16 under Dean Holdsworth, and is already approaching a century of first team appearances.
And, after not being a regular under current boss Justin Edinburgh in 2012/13, he has been a revelation at centre-back this season as County have prospered in League Two.
“It was a shame I strained my hamstring against Rochdale and I’ve missed the last two games but hopefully I’ll be alright for Saturday,” he said.
“Last season was frustrating for me. I couldn’t seem to pin down a position but this season seems to have gone more my way and I’m enjoying every minute of it.
“I don’t mind where I play,” he added. “I get asked the question a lot and I don’t know (my best position) to be honest. As long as I’m playing I’m happy and it’s good to have a bit of versatility.”
And Hughes is confident that County can continue to climb the table, starting with three points against Southend United at Rodney Parade tomorrow.
“No game is going to be easy but it’s another home game and there’s no reason why we can’t win,” he said.
“And we can only get better. With the amount of injuries we’ve got, when they come back, expectations will be even higher.
“Every team is focused on making the play-offs because it is so tight in this division and if we can get a few wins under our belt we’ll be right up there.”
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