First Team

Hughes signs new deal

5th May 2017

Aaron Hughes extends contract until the end of next season.

Aaron Hughes has today signed a one-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until the end of next season.

The Northern Irishman joined Hearts as a free agent in January on an initial deal until the end of the current season. He immediately established himself at the heart of defence and has made 8 appearances for the club to date. He has now returned to full training following an injury lay-off and is available for selection against Aberdeen on Sunday.

The vastly experienced central defender is Northern Ireland’s most capped outfield player of all-time, having made a total of 103 appearances for his country to date. The 37-year-old also has an incredible 455 English Premier League appearances under his belt with Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Fulham, as well as over 50 appearances in European competitions.

Speaking recently about Aaron’s influence on the squad, Head Coach Ian Cathro said:

“I’ve got no doubt at all that having Aaron in the team helps. It helps the team and it helps players around him.

“He is really important to the game plan and what we’ve been trying to do here. The player he is and the man he is, he transmits a comfort to the players.

“He’s one of those guys who came here to be a bit of a message carrier for me. He was a very important signing.”