Hughes sets focus on Athletic charge

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Former Premier League star Bryan Hughes is looking forward to getting his teeth into Scarborough Athletic’s NCEL promotion fight.

The former Birmingham City man made his debut in Boro’s 2-1 derby victory against Pickering Town on Saturday.

Though the icy conditions were far from ideal, but Hughes really took to the muck and nettles battle.

“I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best weather to make my debut, the groundsman did a fantastic job to make sure the game went ahead.

“There were a few tasty tackles flying in, but our will to win shone through in the end.

“Our fans were great in the second half, in the last 30 or so minutes their cheering and shouting really kept us going.

The day wasn’t perfect for me because my game is about passing the ball and playing football, but I’m here for the rest of the season so I’ll be looking to show what I can do.”

Hughes didn’t meet his teammates until 1.30pm on the day of the game, so while the action was progressing, he was just getting to know his fellow Boro players.

“I knew James Bennett and Matty Plummer from my time at Hull City, but apart from that I didn’t know anyone,” said Hughes.

“I was very impressed with the lads and it was good to get to know them a bit better as the game went on.

“I haven’t played a lot of football recently, but I have been training with Hull City’s first team and keeping myself fit.

“I was supposed to be joining Bury recently because their manager Kevin Blackwell was very interested, but they have had a transfer embargo placed on them, so that fell through.

“At this stage of the season it is about finances and the fact that teams have full squads. I didn’t want the season to peter out, so I spoke to the manager Rudy Funk and Darren France, who I know very well, and I joined up.”

The midfielder was playing in League Two with Accrington up until the end of last season, and 12 months earlier he played in the Europa League for Icelandic side IBV Vestmannaeyjar.

He added: “The only differences between this level and League Two is the surfaces that allow you to play more football and the experience of the players on show.

“There are a lot of teams in the same situation to Scarborough, like Chester and Halifax. These are teams that deserve to be back in the Football League and the way things are being run at this club I can see that happening because they deserve it.

“I have an offer on the table from Iceland to go back and play there in the summer when their season starts, but I’ll have to see how things are going.

“I want to see what happens at Scarborough and then I’ll address things.

“I want to play my part in getting this club over the line and into the Evo-Stik, that is the only thing I am concentrating on at the moment.”