New signing Jeff Hughes talks to Cambridge-United.co.uk
Upon his arrival at the Abbey Stadium Jeff Hughes says he’s enthusiastic to utilise his vast experience in helping the club continue its rapid progression on and off the field.
Earlier today the club announced the 30-year old as the U’s ninth summer signing, with the left midfield player arriving with over 250 Football League appearances to his name, thus bringing further pedigree to the club ahead of the upcoming season.
Having secured a two-year deal with United, Hughes explains his immediate eagerness to make up for lost time, he said: “Anybody that knows me will tell you that I am usually the first player out of the dressing room and kicking the ball about, because first and foremost I enjoy playing football.
“I missed out on the play-off final at Wembley with Fleetwood a few seasons back so I’m certainly looking to make amends and see a real possibility of doing that with Cambridge United.
“I’m not so sure the promotion from League Two necessarily gives me valuable experience, but rather actually playing regularly in this division before means you have a much better idea of what to expect. I feel that is far more valuable than just the promotion.
“I will be on the hunt for goals and I do feel that my experience will offer a calm head on the pitch. I think it also important to have a winning attitude.”
He continued: “We have a good squad here and I’m very hopeful we are capable of a good season together.
“The signings that the club have already made this summer have been very astute, I think Richard (Money) and Jez George are bringing together a great first team squad, which will stand us in good stead.
“When a club has variety mixed in with quality, it is always a good sign and I’m certain we have that.”
Alongside the attractions that the city of Cambridge has to offer, Hughes admits the opportunity to work closely with Cambridge United boss Richard Money was one he was keen to pursue.
“Cambridge is a beautiful part of the world so there are a lot of reasons to come and play here,” he said.
“Both Jez and the Manager explained to me everything that the club was doing and it is clear to see that the Cambridge United are moving forward very quickly, which I am excited to get on board with.”
He added: “Everybody knows Richard around the world, he is a well-renowned manager and once you speak to him you can understand why so many people are keen to come and play for him. I was certainly no different.
“We discussed the potential opportunity for me to come here a few weeks ago and it took a little longer than we originally thought but I’m delighted to have sorted my future at the club and look forward to starting my training with the team.”
Meet Jeff Hughes and all the first team at the Fans Open Day on Sunday 19th July at the Abbey Stadium, with a full itinerary available here.