Hughes heads to Hull

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Bryan Hughes has joined Hull City on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract at Charlton Athletic.

The experienced midfielder was offered a deal to stay at the Valley following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

But Hughes has opted to sign a three-year contract at Hull and revealed he also had the chance to join clubs in the top flight.

"I had a number of teams get in contact with myself, Premiership and Championship sides, so I had a lot to consider really," Hughes told the club's official website.

"I got a phone call off the manager asking what my situation was with Charlton because I was coming to the end of my contract and it all went from there.

"When I spoke to the manager and chairman here, I knew there was only one place this club is going and that's forward. So, obviously, I'm happy to get on board and try to help this club achieve things."

Hughes feels Phil Brown's side have the potential to earn promotion to the Premier League, particularly with the backing of new chairman Paul Duffen.

He added: "I was impressed by their ambition and where they want this club to go.

"Charlton offered me a new contract, but as I say, I had a lot to think about and see what my options were.

"The chairman talked about wanting to be in the Premiership in three years, but with the people the club are trying to bring in, who says we can't do that before three years."