Date: 27th June 2007 at 5:07pm
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Fulham have today confirmed that Aaron Hughes has become the first signing for the club this summer in a £1million deal.

The 27 year old defender links up with former Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez on a deal that sees the right-back commit the next 3 years to the club. Former Newcastle defender Hughes was signed by Villa in 2005, becoming regular first choice defender following Mark Delaney`s long term absence. With the loan signing of Manchester United`s Phil Bardsley coming in January, it appeared that under the Randy Lerner revolution that Aaron`s days at Villa Park were numbered.

Hughes told the official Fulham website: “I`m delighted to be joining Fulham and am looking forward to working with Lawrie Sanchez at club level. I enjoyed my time at Aston Villa but when this opportunity presented itself I had no hesitation in coming to discuss the Manager`s ambitions for the Club, which obviously were of great interest to me.”

Hughes` new boss Sanchez had similar words of delight to tell the visitors to “I am delighted that we have been able to bring Aaron to Fulham. As my Captain whilst I was Manager at Northern Ireland, I saw his obvious leadership skills and his qualities as a player which is widely recognised, so I`m delighted that he becomes my first signing of the summer.”

Vital Villa wishes Aaron all the best in the future, and thanks him for his time at Aston Villa.



27 Replies to “Aston Villa Defender Joins Fulham”

  • I think he will be a great player for Fulham, Laurie Sanchez fancies him to do a job for them, personally I think they have got him on the cheap, but MON says if any player wants to leave he wont stand in his way. This Proves that statement.

  • Great crosses, got exposed too many times at right back.With the rate players are leaving we will need to sign at least 10 players so we have strength in depth!

  • We got what we paid for him and he is going to get first team football so good luck to him. We are moving on to greater things and our destiny lies on a greater path encrusted with diamonds and jewels and hopefully a few trophies. Seriously though that’s about 5 out 2 injured and unlikely to come back (Delaney and Sutton)and still none in. Hope you are having a nice holiday MON……

  • Not too perturbed or indeed sorry to see him move on, although I most certainly wish him well for his time at Craven Cottage. Didn’t think he was up to the task as a premiership right full back, and the suggestion that he could be used as a squad player was never going to wash. Hughes wouldn’t have gone for that.

  • So now we have no recognised right-back at our club (bar crocked Delaney who won’t be ready until Jan 08 & O’Hallaoran, but he has no 1st team experience so that hardly counts!)! This leads me to believe that MO’N has something in the pipeline for this berth? Some would argue that Hughsie was not a RB, as he plays centre back for N Ireland. Nevertheless, we need this position filling – Olof can play RB, but can’t cross and has poor distribution – so a quaility permenant signing for the poistion must take priority… so long as it’s quaility and not Paul Robinson I’ll be happy! Good luck Aaron and thank you – enjoy your time at Fulham.

  • I think we are all agreed that a RB will be own their way to B6 – the burning question is who. Out of these rumoured linked players, who would you like to see signings that dotted line? :- Paul McShane, Paul Robinson WBA; Phil Jagielka SU; Vitorino Antunes of Pacos de Ferreira; Luke Young CA, Frankie Simek SW, Phillipe Lahm Bayern Munchen; Bruno Alves Porto…. ?? In Martin we trust!!

  • Phil Lahm would be a coup for Villa. If MON can sign him it will make quite a statement.

  • Gazvilla – I believe Lahm is naturally left footed but can play RB too. However, naturally you would want a right footed player to play RB… Villablog site suggest Bruno Alves could be in the frame (but isn’t he a CB?) and something big is imminent…

  • If you look at the Fulham website you will see Jimmy Bullard who is wearing next season’s kit…made by Nike! Maybe our “coup” of getting a Nike kit is not as big as we thought! Hope ours appears soner, rather than later!! UTV SOTC

  • I am gutted he is gone – as a Northern Irishman I rated Hughes and I thought the reason Ridge/Cahill have been linked with moves was because MON saw Hughes as a backup CB as well. Now with Davis linked with a move I think they are two players with international experience leaving to join a rival. We will regret losing Davis – and Hughes (albeit to a smaller extent). I would love Jagielka and Luke Young. We need both!

  • not too gutted he is gone as he can be bettered. Should will be selling at this rate with no transfers in yet? He who dares rodney, he who dares my son (I hope).

  • He was slated by loads of our fans last season. He an average premiership player and not good enough for Newcastle.

  • He’s an average footballer, no worse, no better. Not the type to take us where we want to be. Trouble is who is???? Micah Richards is a great shout even if he is a Bluenose.

  • Lahm is right footed but loves to cut in, anyway for 1m this is a joke surely, Aaron hughes is an international player and i see stupid prices like Harewood 4.5m championship players like Koumas 5m Whats with us selling for so cheap? Davo needs a sell on clause added to his contract if he leaves too

  • Not quite up to the standard to take us to the next level but I do believe he was better than some fans seem to think. As always though that is a matter of opinion. It is worth bearing in mind that it is a team game and even signing the best RB in the world doesn’t necessarily mean the defence will improve, it is how players work together that makes the difference. The Arse of a few years ago was probably the best example of this. I will happily give him a warm welcome back for the second home game of the new season. He always gave 100%, has thanked Villa fans for their support and has said he is disappointed to leave. It started really well when on his debut he set up Super Kev for his first goal after just 4 minutes but never really progressed further from there. Good luck in the future Aaron.

  • Tarzan you make a very telling statement. “He was slated by loads of our fans last season”. The guy gave his best, wether that was good enough or not is a matter of opinion. However the very fact that we abuse our own players even when giving 100% is a sad statement of fact. It is one that we should be thoroughly ashamed of and it should make fans who abuse their own players look long and hard in the mirror. Those fans who abused players are probably the same ones moaning about the lack of transfer activity. Maybe now they will understand our poor, moaning reputation (which was significantly better than usual last season) often makes attracting the right players more difficult. If we become a more appreciative and vocally supportive audience we will find that more players would like to play here.

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