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Popular former Newcastle United star confirms will play on next season after turning 39

3 years ago

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.”


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