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Hughes signs new contract

Hughes signs new contract

Richard Hughes has become the first of the clutch of out of contract players this summer to agree to, and sign, a new contract.

Ahead of the game last night the Scot put pen to paper on a new deal that will take him through until the summer of 2011, and he voiced his delighted at this with what he told the Pompey Site upon doing so: 'I'm delighted to commit my future to Pompey, a club I love.

'I've had six-and-a-half fantastic years and have been asked to extend my stay. It was an easy decision to make.

'The supporters are unbelievable and Tony Adams is a manager I want to play for. Tony deserves success here and I'm delighted to be part of his reign at the club.

'The challenges have been different every season I've been at the club.

'In my first season we got promotion to the Premier League, which we then had to fight to stay in. And since then we've got into the top 10, won the FA Cup and played in Europe.

'We have another challenge now, which is to get enough points to stay in the Premier League.

'But we have fighters in the squad and the manager is a winner. The personnel may change over the years here, but the fighting spirit at the club is always the same.'

We all know that Hughes is not the greatest footballer around, and we also all know that he would not be the first name you would put on the teamsheet - come on, lets be honest, but we all also know that you need people like him in and around your squad.

You need players that you can call on, that will not be moaning and groaning if they are not playing all the time, to come into the side and do a job no questions asked - and that is exactly what he will do.


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Date:Wednesday January 28 2009
Time: 8:09AM


Someone happy and grinning to be signing for Pompey...well, got to be worth it...
28/01/2009 10:27:00
No one can argue with RH attitude, waits for his cahnce & gets on with it, no fuss. However, we will only ever be a lower prem team at best if we have to rely on him on a regular basis. Building for that are we?
28/01/2009 12:24:00
Come on Matt there has to be one smile left in you.
28/01/2009 15:53:00
hes not too bad, and we need players right now, of any quality! he is a hard worker, and has the right attitude. good to know that some of the players like TA as well, he should get a few more gmes to prove himself.
28/01/2009 15:53:00
great attitude... shame he's not as good as diara though. I have a feeling he may (should!) find his apearances limited a littlw with the arrival of mullins, pele, maybe one more, and the return to firness of diop.
28/01/2009 17:16:00
Rubbish, Hughsey is a journeyman who takes up a place in the squad. He is typical of why we are struggling to beat anybody, nice guy, great attitude, very little talent.
28/01/2009 19:48:00
Owens - I kie Hughesy (as by the sound of it you do too) but I agree with you .. Paul Merson made a harsh (but valid) point the other day when he questioned why we are offering contracts to players that couldn't get in the team six years ago when he was here.... but for the top 4 games when he does play and play well I would have him in the squad... if just for that - A cheap but loyal player
29/01/2009 06:44:00
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