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Hughes: Many responsibilities as an older pro

Hughes: Many responsibilities as an older pro

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Richard Hughes is happy to use his knowledge as an experienced professional around the dressing room.

The 33 year old who came out of retirement this season to sign for former manager Paul Groves has recently struggled with a niggling hamstring injury which has limited his chances amongst the first team.

He recently returned from injury and made two late substitute appearances against Yeovil and Crawley totalling 13 minutes of football.

He wasn't involved in the New Years Day draw away to Brentford, but as long as the team are performing then Hughes is happy to remain on the sidelines.

Hughes told the Daily Echo...

'...If we end up achieving something, which everyone is working hard towards, and I end up watching two or three other midfielders for the rest of the season, nothing would make me happier.

"When you have a spell away from the game, you become less selfish. When I was in my 20s and I was out of the team, I needed someone to have a dip in form to get back my place. One of my responsibilities as an older pro is to try to help the younger lads fulfill their potential.

"We have got some outstanding players and everyone who has played has done well. I want to be involved and I want to play, if I deserve to. I would hope to be ready if called upon but me wanting to play is secondary to what the manager needs...'


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Writer:DJ
Date:Wednesday January 2 2013
Time: 1:21PM

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