Cobblers urge Hughes to sign

Defender yet to make decision on new contract

Hughes: Time to decide

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Northampton Town have urged defender Mark Hughes to sign a new contract at Sixfields.

Hughes' current deal expires at the end of the month and he has been offered terms to stay following the Cobblers' relegation to League Two.

He has yet to make a decision on his future, but Northampton coach Ian Sampson feels the 22-year-old should accept the deal on the table.

"The offer to Mark remains open and the ball is in his court at the moment," Sampson told the club's official website.

"We are being fairly loyal to him in keeping the offer open and if he really wants to stay here then he will sign the contract.

"I think he should sign for us and if I was in his position I'd want to secure my future with so many players looking for clubs.

"No one has offered him a contract elsewhere at the moment, so he is playing a bit of a dangerous game. I think he needs to make a decision fairly soon and hopefully he will do that.

"The offer he has been made is a very good offer. It is reduced from last season, but not by much. For a League Two defender it is a very good offer."