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Derby County have moved to bolster their numbers with the signing of midfielder Bryan Hughes today. The 33-year-old has joined the Rams on a month-long loan from Premier League side Hull City and could make his debut in the 'Wear White Night' clash against Queens Park Rangers at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday evening.

Manager Nigel Clough's squad has been heavily depleted in recent weeks due to injury and he has moved quickly to bring in Hughes, who has vast experience of the top two divisions in England.

The Rams boss said: "I'm delighted we have been able to secure Bryan's services, he is player who brings vast experience to our squad.

"Everyone knows about our injury situation and when we looked at the list of available players Bryan's name stood out.

"I would like to thank Paul Duffen (Hull City Chairman) and Phil Brown (Hull City Manager) for agreeing to loan Bryan to us, and I am sure he will settle in with no problems at all."

Hughes began his career with Wrexham, whom he made just fewer than 100 appearances for before joining Birmingham City in 1997 and he was key player of the successful City side that secured promotion to the Premier League in 2002.

Hughes remained an established Premier League player for two years before joining Charlton Athletic in 2004, and after three years at the Valley he moved to Hull where he was a vital component in their rise to the Premier League in 2008.

He has made in excess of 450 appearances during his career, scoring just over 50 goals.


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Bryan Hughes (born 19 June 1976) is an English footballer who plays for Hull City as a midfielder.

Early career

Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, Hughes initially made his name at Wrexham, guiding them to the FA Cup quarter finals in 1996–97 with the goals he scored on that cup run. It was his performances in the League Cup for Wrexham that caught the attention of Birmingham City.

Hughes scored against Colwyn Bay, Ssausagehorpe United, West Ham United and Birmingham before the Welsh outfit bowed out to Chesterfield. Shortly after that defeat Trevor Francis paid £800,000 to take him to St Andrews


Hughes made a total of 291 appearances for the Blues, scoring 42 goals, and was an essential part of Steve Bruce's side's play-off winning season in 2002 and their first and second seasons in the Premier League, before his switch to South-East London. Whilst at Birmingham he played in the 2001 Football League Cup Final as a substitute.

Unable to sign a new deal with Birmingham, in July 2004 he moved to Charlton Athletic, signing a three year contract.


Hughes made his debut against Bolton Wanderers as a substitute for Matt Holland who was injured in the fifth minute. He bagged a brace in a 4–1 FA Cup win over Rochdale at The Valley in January 2005 — his first strikes for the club, and was on target as the Addicks stuttered past Yeovil Town in the fourth round, but the Addicks failed to progress further and they were knocked out by Leicester City, 2–1. In all, Hughes made only 10 starts all season. He did feature in the final two matches of the campaign, however, and played his part in the dramatic showdown with Crystal Palace, opening the scoring with a shot that went in off the post, as the Eagles were relegated.

In 2005–06 he became the man who caused José Mourinho to lose his first match at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager. Included in the side for the third round of the Carling Cup, Hughes scored the winning penalty in a dramatic shootout to dump the holders out of the competition — though Mourinho claimed it was technically a draw after 120 minutes.

Despite a brave bundled home goal against Blackburn Rovers in November, his first team appearances came in fits and starts in the first half of the season, and it wasn't until the visit of Arsenal on Boxing Day that Hughes established himself as manager Alan Curbishley made sweeping changes. In a match against Birmingham in early January, Hughes scored against his former club with a header. He also set up Darren Bent for a second goal.

His scoring record in cup competitions continued, as he bagged the clinching third against Brentford in round five of the League Cup, and he also notched a goal in the FA Cup replay at Middlesbrough. He actually played in all but five games of the Premiership campaign, passing 50 games for the club, and was on the scoresheet five times.

On 30 December 2006, Hughes scored the last-minute winning goal against Aston Villa providing new manager Alan Pardew with his first win for the club.

Hull City

Hughes joined Championship club Hull City on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic on a three year deal on 29 June 2007, and scored on his home debut in a 1–0 friendly win over Newcastle United. He mainly played on the left wing for the majority of the season, but played in his preferred central midfield role in their successful play-off games. He scored his first league goal for the Tigers in a 5–0 win against Southampton. He did not play as often in the next season as Hull made it into the Premier League. He wasn't given a squad number at the start of the 2009-10 season.


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I wont judge till ive seen him

Same here, OK the thought of a 33 year old Hull City reserve team player joining 35 year old Savage in midfield supplying the balls for 36 year old Dickov up front doesn't get me excited, it would be unfair to judge the guy before he's kicked a ball for us yet.

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