Tranmere midfielder Jeff Hughes has agreed a summer move to Larne FC, though the former Bristol Rovers man will remain at Prenton Park until the culmination of the current season.
The Northern Irish club – who play in the Northern Ireland Championship (the second tier) – announced Hughes’ imminent arrival on social media yesterday.
The 32-year-old has penned a three-year deal back at the club where his career began, a brilliant deal for a player in their 30s and a move you cannot begrudge him.
Hughes was outstanding in the win at Chester on Saturday, providing a perfect cross for Andy Cook’s opening goal. He missed Tuesday’s win over Gateshead due to a wrist injury sustained in the second half at the Deva Stadium.
Hughes arrived at Prenton Park midway through the 2015-16 season and quickly settled to life at Rovers. A classy left-footed player, Hughes’ experience and composure in possession has benefitted Tranmere greatly as they finished that initial season strongly and mounted two subsequent promotion challenges.
This season has seen increased competition for places in the midfield, but Hughes has still managed to play 30 times. He’s scored once and provided 8 assists.
All Tranmere fans would probably wish him the very best ahead of his summer departure, but until then, let’s hope Jeff continues to play an important role in what will hopefully be a season culminating in promotion.