Former Newcastle United favourite Aaron Hughes has committed to another season at Hearts in the Scottish Premier League.

A lot of younger Newcastle fans might be struggling to remember him and no wonder, he made his debut for NUFC in the Champions League away at Barcelona way back in November 1997.

Yet now 21 years later he is still playing at a decent level and as just committed to a new deal, which means he will still be playing when he turns 39 in November.

Aaron Hughes was a class act for Newcastle United, nothing flash but just a very good defender who could play in both full-back positions and centre-half.

It had to be an idiot such as Graeme Souness who would think it a good idea to sell on Hughes for only £1m in 2005, having already wasted £8m on Boumsong, with then another £26m+ plus heading out on Michael Owen and Albert Luque.

Aaron Hughes made 22 starts for Hearts last season and they have given him another contract for a year.

Actually, Michael Owen is a good comparison to Hughes. Owen is actually a month younger than the former NUFC defender and he (Michael Owen) actually chucked in football over five years ago. He can’t touch somebody such as Aaron Hughes when it comes to a proper love of football.

Hughes played in the 2016 Euros in France and was part of the Northern Ireland team that narrowly failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Official Hearts site:

Aaron Hughes will remain a Hearts player after signing a one-year contract extension.

The centre-half – Britain’s most capped defender after making 112 appearances for Northern Ireland – has signed on for season 2018/19 as Hearts look to push back up the Ladbrokes Premiership table.

Vastly experienced and a calming figure at the back, Aaron signed for Hearts in January 2017 on an initial six-month deal.

The former Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Fulham star penned a year-long contract extension at the start of last season, and has made 35 appearances in a maroon shirt to date.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Aaron said:

“I needed a little bit of time to figure out if I was able to do another year, mentally and physically.

“I came to the decision that I’d like to stay on and I’m very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity.

“When I say it was an easy decision, once I’d come to the decision to play, it wasn’t hard to have a chat with the gaffer and say I wanted to stay on.

“I’ve enjoyed my 18-months here immensely. The club has been great with me since I came back from abroad, so there was no hard decision to carry on after I knew that I could do.”

  • Paul Patterson

    Another great move by Sourpuss. Top lad Aaron. Never let the club down.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Agree 100%. You’ve gotta hand it to Souness though, has any other manager failed in 4 countries spectaculary as he has?

      • Paul Patterson

        Dunno, but with Aaron Hughes, Laurent Robert, Craig Bellamy and James Milner all departing and Boumsong, Luque, Faye and Owen coming in, we certainly have the worst trading of players that I can remember . .

        • SuperDesHamilton

          You missed our marauding left back legend, Celestine Babayaro

          • Paul Patterson

            At least had the courage to play soon after the death of his dad. Wasn’t very good, but honourable. The other were either absolute dross, didn’t care, or both. They cost nearly £40m as well . .

          • mentalman

            we go from having owners who allow their managers to waste millions on players to an owner who won’t spend money

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Aye one good game against Liverpool in all his s appearances here. What’s mental is that we use to qualify for Europe still with all that absolute garbage

        • nufcslf

          Yip, what a total tool Souness was and still is. Great utility player Aarons and deserved a lot better from the service he gave the club. Just as well we’ve moved on since Cashley arrived…………..

  • Leicester Mag

    Phil Neville made a career being a utility player Aaron Hughes every bit as good if not better. All been said by others but if ever there was an example of the fallacy of Souness this is it.

  • Foggy

    Not the greatest player but one of the best to have around. Gave 100% in every game and an absolute disgrace that Souness gave him away. I am glad he is still keeping on keeping on.

  • Mrkgw

    What a pro. Should have been allowed to stay with us for much longer than Souness was prepared to give him. He flourished at Fulham and those years would have been better spent at Newcastle.