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Hughesy Eager To Stay

27 December 2012

Lee Hughes returned from a lengthy lay-off with a bang by netting in the 2-2 draw against Shrewsbury Town.

The frontman had originally been set to miss three games following a retrospective suspension for an incident in the Glanford Park draw with Scunthorpe United last month. 

However, the 36-year-old later came down with the Norovirus, which had looked certain to keep him out of action until the New Year. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Hughes made a surprise return against the Shrews and marked his comeback in the only way he knows how – with a goal. 

“I didn’t expect it myself to be at the game, because I’ve been ill for about a month now,” he said. 

“I spoke to a few people and I feel a lot better in myself, so I phoned the manager the other day and said ‘I feel a lot better’.

“I trained for the first time in a month on Christmas Eve and then started on Boxing Day.

“I didn’t feel too bad in the game, in the second half I was a bit leggy, but I just enjoyed being back.”

Hughes has been constantly linked with a move away from Meadow Lane but the striker is eager to stay with the club. 

“I love it here and I don’t want to go – but when you’re not in the team, for a player like me, I’m not happy, because I just want to play week in, week out,” he continued. 

“I know the manager’s had the team playing well and I couldn’t argue, but that’s why I wanted to go out and play football somewhere. 

“I enjoy playing and when you’re sitting on the bench you’re not going to be happy.

“Hopefully if I can get a good run of games I can put a good run of goals together.

“I think I’ve scored six in seven starts – so hopefully, if I can play a bit more, who knows how many I’ll get?” 

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