Accrington Stanley have completed the signing of defender Mark Hughes on a deal until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old recently left fellow League Two side Stevenage, where he made 22 appearances this season having joined in the summer.
The former Everton trainee brings a wealth of experience from spells with the likes of Northampton, Walsall and Bury, as well as a brief loan spell at Stanley three years ago.
“I played against Accrington last month and they were probably the best side I've played against this season so if I can be involved and do what I can to push the club on that will be great,” said Hughes.
“Believe it or not, things have actually changed quite a lot right down to the management. Personnel changes but the place has the same feel about it, there's a homely feeling about the club and it's nice to come back home to the north west. It'll be nice to be part of a team that is flying at the minute too.”
“I haven't worked with Mark but I've known him since he was a kid and he'll be a really good addition,” added manager John Coleman.
“The reason behind bringing Mark in is because we've lost Dean Winnard for three months to injury. I've been pleased with Matty Pearson playing at centre back because I saw him predominantly as a full back but he's done really well. With him, Tom Davies, Joe Wright and now Mark I think we've got adequate cover for all eventualities.
“My recruitment policy is designed on hunger and Mark and (fellow recent signing) Scott (Brown) have possibly been written off by the clubs they have left. I think they'll both be determined to prove a point.”
Mark Hughes will take the number 24 shirt at the Wham Stadium and will be available for tomorrow's game with Bristol Rovers subject to Football League ratification.