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Hughes: The team comes first

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."


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Writer:DJ
Date:Tuesday June 25 2013
Time: 7:40AM

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