Windsor Park

Next Game

N Ireland v Romania

Saturday, 13 June 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group F

Windsor Park

Last Game

N Ireland 2 - 1 Finland

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group F

Hughes awaits contract offers

Aaron Hughes will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to South America as he awaits offers from potential new employers.

Last Updated: 02/06/14 at 17:39 Post Comment

Aaron Hughes: Left Fulham for QPR in January

Aaron Hughes: Left Fulham for QPR in January

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Northern Ireland centre-half is unsure of his future for the first time in a 17-year career which most recently took him to Queens Park Rangers.

Hughes, 34, started 11 Championship games for the club after leaving Fulham for Loftus Road on a short-term deal in January, but he is yet to find out whether he is part of Harry Redknapp's plans for next season's Premier League campaign.

In the meantime, Hughes travelled to Montevideo for Northern Ireland's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay and should feature against Chile in Valparaiso on Wednesday.

He said: "This is the first time I've been at the end of my contract. I've always moved to another club with time left on my contract or had a new contract in place.

"It's all new to me and that is why I'm trying not to get too excited or worried about it. I will be speaking to my agent and I will find out more when I get home to find out what's going on.

"The big thing was to get to the end of the season and see what happened. It was only a week or so ago but it seems a long time.

"From there I've come on this trip and the focus was to go and enjoy this and the two games after the season ended because I haven't played as much as I would have hoped in recent weeks.

"This was a chance to play football and it is a new experience - probably my only chance to play in South America. I will have a few weeks' holiday after this and then look at my options."

Hughes came out of international retirement in 2012 when Michael O'Neill became manager, and he said: "This the furthest away I've ever been with Northern Ireland and a lot of that is down to the manager.

"When I first spoke to him about coming back to international football it was this sort of thing that convinced me to come back. He does care and he knows the finer details that really matter and make the difference."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Italy 1-1 England: Andros Townsend equaliser keeps Roy Hodgson's side unbeaten this season

Substitute Andros Townsend rescued England's unbeaten post-World Cup record as his late goal in Turin earned a 1-1 draw.

Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy step up Arsenal comebacks

Jack Wilshere scored as he stepped up his comeback from injury against a Brentford XI at Arsenal's training ground on Tuesday.

England's Andros Townsend happy to silence critics with equaliser in Italy

Andros Townsend was delighted to repay Roy Hodgson's faith with the equalising goal as England drew in Italy on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company