8. Carl McHugh

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Brought to the club by Mark McGhee in the summer of the summer of 2016 Irishman Carl McHugh impressed so much on and off the park in his opening twelve months that he finds himself club captain and has already signed an extended deal.

McHugh crossed the Irish Sea to sign for Reading in his youth. Whilst at the Royals he went out on loan twice, firstly to non-league English side Swindon Supermarine then back in his homeland with Dundalk.

In 2012 Carl was released by Reading and joined Bradford City where he had quite a first season. McHugh made his senior debut in a 2-1 win over Watford in the League Cup on 28 August ’12, a tournament that would see Bradford make it all the way to Wembley seeing off the likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa before losing to Swansea City in the Final.

Over the course of his two seasons in Yorkshire Carl lost his way a little and looked for a fresh start with a move to Plymouth in 2014.

There Carl was part of one of the meanest defences in the league playing alongside future Motherwell team-mate Peter Hartley.

Under former Motherwell midfielder Derek Adams, now in charge at Plymouth, the Irishman was converted into a defensive midfielder. Excelling in the middle of the park Carl played a pivotal role in getting the Pilgrims to the Play-off Final at Wembley in 2016 but falling just short of gaining promotion to League One.

Expected to be a mainstay of the side that would once again battle at the top end of League Two Carl stunned the Home Park faithful when he elected to decline the offer of a new contract to sign for the Steelmen.

Carl endured something of a baptism of fire during his league debut for Motherwell suffering a serious head injury that kept him on the sidelines for five months.

Not long returned to full fitness defensive frailties and injuries saw Carl return to central defence for the remainder of the season. There he helped reduce the number of goals conceded by ‘Well considerably and more than played his part in securing the club’s place in the top flight for 2017’18.

McHugh was further rewarded in the summer of 2017 when he signed a new two year contract with the Steelmen and assumed the captaincy upon the installation of Keith Lasley as assistant manager to Stephen Robinson.


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