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Hughes holds top-tier hope

Aaron Hughes believes that in joining Brighton & Hove Albion he has linked up with a side surging towards the Premier League.

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Aaron Hughes: Has linked up with Brighton on a one-year contract

Aaron Hughes: Has linked up with Brighton on a one-year contract

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Not only does the veteran defender believe that Brighton can make that step up in the near future, he feels they are capable of holding their own among the elite and consolidating at the top level.

Hughes has penned a one-year deal at the Amex Stadium in the hope of helping the club to hit that lofty target.

Play-off defeats have been suffered in each of the last two seasons, with getting over the promotion line in the Sky Bet Championship proving to be a something of a problem.

Hughes is, however, convinced that the potential is there and that in former Bayer Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia, Brighton have the right man at the helm to guide them forward.

The 34-year-old Northern Ireland international, who had other options to consider after leaving Queens Park Rangers, told the Argus: “This is a club that is set up to get into the Premier League – it has the players to do it and they have come close the last couple of years.

"With the manager here, who has impressed in Germany, I just get the feel it is going to be a good year for the club and I thought I would like to be a part of something.

"I was out of contract at QPR so I was a free agent and waiting to see what came up and this did, and it was a good opportunity for me to get back in playing football.

"I had a couple of things on the table and I was having a good think about what direction I wanted to go in at this stage of my career, being a little bit older now and more experienced.

"I just had to get a feel for what I wanted to do and I would love to get back into the Premier League again and I saw this as an opportunity to do that, and not only go up but stay up." 

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ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

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o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

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think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

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