UK time is: 22:44:15
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Hughes: The team comes first

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Richard Hughes is happy to remain a 'squad player' in Eddie Howe's squad for next season.

Richard Hughes returned to Dean Court as a 33 year old after ten years and two months after initially leaving for Portsmouth in June 2002.

The Scottish midfielder made 154 appearances for the Cherries before spending the next 9 years at Fratton Park, playing 165 games.

Hughes Pompey career ended in controversy after he played his last game on 28th December 2010. Hughes was one appearance away from activating an automatic contract extension and at the end of the 2010/11 season he left Fratton Park.

He was linked to the Cherries during the summer of 2011, but Hughes decided to retire from football and opened a restaurant, but 12 months later former Cherries manager Paul Groves tempted him out of retirement and he signed a deal until the end of the 2013/14 season.

Hughes made 24 appearances last season, including 10 starts, with only six of those coming under new manager Eddie Howe.

But rather than being frustrated with an apparent lack of game time, Hughes believes that Howe has identified the best way to utilise him.

Hughes told the Daily Echo...

"To play 50 or 60 games is not going to bring out the best in me. The way I was used last season was correct and it brought out some performances I was quite pleased with.

"For me, it is tactical as much as physical. Clearly, I want to play but if there are better players equipped for certain roles, I am experienced and wise enough to know that is more beneficial for the team. In that respect, I am happy to play the roles I am best at rather than just play 90 minutes for the sake of it.

"It is okay for me to think like that because of the stage I am at in my career and who I am playing for. The team always comes first. It is natural when you are younger to think more selfishly and I don`t think there is anything wrong with that. I know the manager will call on me when he needs me and that suits us both."


RednBlack Shack

Don't forget to keep checking the RednBlack Shack for great online deals and help to raise money for the AFC Bournemouth Youth Team.

It's easy to join AFCB Vital

With Vital Bournemouth you can win prizes just by having your say on the articles, polls and forums, click the link to register.

Join The Vital Debate






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 25 2013

Time: 7:40AM

Your Comments

..we will need some of your experience next season for sure!
garbo
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent AFC Bournemouth Articles

AFCB host open training session (Friday October 31 2014)

New AFCB crest for Movember (Friday October 31 2014)

Cook: Finding another level (Friday October 31 2014)

Cherries host Brighton (Thursday October 30 2014)

League Cup Quarter-Final live on Sky (Thursday October 30 2014)

Archived AFC Bournemouth Articles

List All AFCB Vital Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 255
2. billythekid 248
3. kirsikka 192
4. AlGard 181
5. Grumpy G 167
6. cockbeard 161
7. Garbo 112
8. northstandmark 111
9. table 109
10. tednphil 109

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Watford 14 7 5 2 11 26
3. Norwich 15 7 5 3 11 26
4. Wolves 14 7 5 2 6 26
5. Bournemouth 14 7 3 4 14 24
6. Middlesbrough 14 7 3 4 7 24
7. Forest 14 5 7 2 7 22
8. Blackburn 14 6 4 4 1 22

Breaking League News

PREVIEW: Watford v Millwall
Watford : 31/10/2014 22:09:00
On this day : 2009
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 22:04:00
Talking point: who is to blame
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 21:11:00
Team news v Ipswich
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 21:00:00
Oyston glad to get positivity
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 20:52:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who has been the Cherries best summer signing?
Suggested By:  
Dan Gosling 10%
Junior Stanislas 12%
Callum Wilson 56%
Andrew Surman 22%