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Aston Villa Defender Joins Fulham

Fulham have today confirmed that Aaron Hughes has become the first signing for the club this summer in a £1million deal.

The 27 year old defender links up with former Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez on a deal that sees the right-back commit the next 3 years to the club. Former Newcastle defender Hughes was signed by Villa in 2005, becoming regular first choice defender following Mark Delaney`s long term absence. With the loan signing of Manchester United`s Phil Bardsley coming in January, it appeared that under the Randy Lerner revolution that Aaron`s days at Villa Park were numbered.

Hughes told the official Fulham website: "I`m delighted to be joining Fulham and am looking forward to working with Lawrie Sanchez at club level. I enjoyed my time at Aston Villa but when this opportunity presented itself I had no hesitation in coming to discuss the Manager`s ambitions for the Club, which obviously were of great interest to me."

Hughes` new boss Sanchez had similar words of delight to tell the visitors to "I am delighted that we have been able to bring Aaron to Fulham. As my Captain whilst I was Manager at Northern Ireland, I saw his obvious leadership skills and his qualities as a player which is widely recognised, so I`m delighted that he becomes my first signing of the summer."

Vital Villa wishes Aaron all the best in the future, and thanks him for his time at Aston Villa.


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Date:Wednesday June 27 2007
Time: 5:06PM


Sanchez is certainly splashing the cash, a luxury not afforded Chris Coleman.
15/07/2007 23:24:00
sorry to see such a versatile player go until we have the replacements in place. Ho hum.
The Fear
08/07/2007 20:22:00
Agree with that one glensider but would still prefer Micah Richards.
04/07/2007 11:07:00
Like us to join the chase for Phil Jagielka. Good young defender/midfielder, will only improve when surrounded by better players than his current Bramall Lane team mates. Rumoured that Everton are very interested, but not keen on paying the 4 million. Would do a good job for us at right full back.
04/07/2007 03:31:00
MON clearly stated he would stop no player leaving if they wanted to go, Hughes stated he wanted first team football, best for player and club if he moves to pastures new.
03/07/2007 09:20:00
Hughes was considered Mr Ronseal when he was a regular, it's weird but he never got a run of matches under MON. VOTH - the same booing happened with Jay Lloyd too.
28/06/2007 21:47:00
I think it happens at all clubs though and is usually the foul mouthed element. All teams have a scapegoat to chant at. I remember back to Frank Carrodus!
28/06/2007 21:44:00
Tarzan you make a very telling statement. "He was slated by loads of our fans last season". The guy gave his best, wether that was good enough or not is a matter of opinion. However the very fact that we abuse our own players even when giving 100% is a sad statement of fact. It is one that we should be thoroughly ashamed of and it should make fans who abuse their own players look long and hard in the mirror. Those fans who abused players are probably the same ones moaning about the lack of transfer activity. Maybe now they will understand our poor, moaning reputation (which was significantly better than usual last season) often makes attracting the right players more difficult. If we become a more appreciative and vocally supportive audience we will find that more players would like to play here.
28/06/2007 17:22:00
Not quite up to the standard to take us to the next level but I do believe he was better than some fans seem to think. As always though that is a matter of opinion. It is worth bearing in mind that it is a team game and even signing the best RB in the world doesn't necessarily mean the defence will improve, it is how players work together that makes the difference. The Arse of a few years ago was probably the best example of this. I will happily give him a warm welcome back for the second home game of the new season. He always gave 100%, has thanked Villa fans for their support and has said he is disappointed to leave. It started really well when on his debut he set up Super Kev for his first goal after just 4 minutes but never really progressed further from there. Good luck in the future Aaron.
28/06/2007 17:14:00
Lahm is right footed but loves to cut in, anyway for 1m this is a joke surely, Aaron hughes is an international player and i see stupid prices like Harewood 4.5m championship players like Koumas 5m Whats with us selling for so cheap? Davo needs a sell on clause added to his contract if he leaves too
28/06/2007 13:48:00
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