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Hughes delighted to be a Saddler

Hughes delighted to be a Saddler

Newboy Mark Hughes revealed he could not turn down the chance to join Walsall once he received our offer.

Speaking to the WFC official site, Hughes declared he was happy to move to a club in League One after suffering relegation with Northampton last season.

He said: 'I'm pleased that everything is sorted and now I just want to get my head down and work hard.

'The set-up here has really surprised me. The training ground and facilities are first-class and there is a real homely feel about the place. Everyone has made me feel welcome and that is exactly what you need when you arrive at a new club.

'Northampton offered me a new deal and there were other clubs interested in me, but the challenge here appealed to me.'

The other clubs interested we now know to have been Accrington Stanley and Crewe, who are both League Two sides.

Stanley boss John Coleman has previously stated that Hughes had moved to Walsall because of a better financial offer, as Crewe had been in pole position to sign the defender.

Meanwhile, pre-season is offically underway, with the remaining players preparing for our first pre-season match at Rotherham on July 18th.



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Writer:Rich
Date:Thursday July 9 2009
Time: 1:41PM

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