Popular defender Mark Hughes has today left Accrington Stanley.
The 34-year-old had come to the end of his current contract and admits it was a ‘really tough decision’ to leave the Reds where he made some ‘great memories’ and go elsewhere.
Hughes arrived permanently at Stanley – after spending a brief time on loan with the Reds in 2013 – in 2016.
The centre half was a big part of the 2018 League Two title-winning side and had a major role in the celebrations after with the fans!
He finished his career at the Wham just four short of 250 appearances for the club, having helped to establish Stanley as a League One side.
Hughes, known as ‘Yozzer’, wanted to send this message to the fans:
“Today I say goodbye to a brilliant football club. I want to thank the club for how they have welcomed both me and my family the past 5 years.
I would also thank the supporters for making me feel welcome from day one. The club will always have a place in my heart.
I have made some great memories at the club. None more so than winning the league in 2017/2018. A night I will truly never forget.
This has been a really tough decision for me but I think the timing is right for a new challenge.
I wish the club massive success in the future. It couldn’t be in better hands with a great chairman, superb management staff and fantastic set of players.
I hope the fans enjoy the return to football after what has been an unusual year.
Good luck & thank you
Mark (Yozzer) Hughes.”
Owner Andy Holt said: "We are sorry to see Mark go, he has been a terrific servant to the club ever since I took over and I wish him all the best in everything he does in the future."
Manager John Coleman said: "I wish to thank Mark for everything he has done. He was instrumental in our League Two title success and has helped establish Accrington Stanley as a League One club.
"He has been a brilliant servant to the club and has been a very good player for us."
Everyone at #asfc wishes Mark all the best - he is always welcome back!