Pool defend Hughes move

Loan signing based upon footballing reasons

Hughes: Blackpool move

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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has defended the loan signing of Oldham striker Lee Hughes.

The Championship strugglers moved for the forward, who has scored 18 goals in 36 games for the Latics this season, ahead of the loan deadline.

Hughes served three years in prison for his involvement in a fatal car crash but Oyston insists the decision to sign him was purely based on football.

"Of course I can understand the publicity this transfer will get, but while I understand, I don't necessarily agree or sympathise," he told the Blackpool Gazette.

"I take the view that this is a football decision and we make football decisions for the benefit of the club.

"Our job is to win matches and stay in this division, and that is very much what we are focused on.

"We have signed a player we all believe to be very good and talented, and who will definitely bring things to the squad that maybe weren't there before."