AFC Bournemouth: Midfielder Richard Hughes announces his retirement

HANGING UP HIS BOOTS: Cherries' Richard Hughes

HANGING UP HIS BOOTS: Cherries' Richard Hughes

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RICHARD Hughes has thanked AFC Bournemouth and his “amazing” team-mates for helping him end his playing career on a high after announcing his retirement.

The midfielder, who is in his second spell with the club having first joined as a teenager, will officially hang up his boots when his contract expires at the end of June.

Hughes returned to Dean Court in 2012 following a 10-year absence and 12 months out of the game when he was tempted out of retirement by former Cherries boss Paul Groves.

The Scotsman, who turns 35 next month, played 21 times as Cherries won promotion from League One and has made seven appearances this season.

Despite his lack of match action, Hughes’s experience and knowledge have been invaluable as Eddie Howe’s men quickly adjusted to life in the Championship.

Hughes, who also works as a pundit for BT Sport and owns a share in an Italian restaurant in London, is hoping to remain in the game in some capacity.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Echo, he said: “When I signed, the aim was to see out the two years, although I didn’t know how realistic that would be. I had been out of the game for 12 months and, when you are in your 30s, you never know how your body and mind are going to react.

“Although it was a tough decision to come out of retirement, it was made easier by who it was for. Then, if it hadn’t been for Eddie coming back, I probably would have found it difficult to see out the second year. I just feel now is the right time to hang up my boots.

“We have enough players in my position and their performances have been outstanding. They have really grown as players and there is no necessity for me to be there any longer because we are really well catered for in that position.

“One of the roles I had was to help players if they wanted it. I was there to help them develop and to be a sounding board. Given the season they have had, it has certainly happened so that part of my role is no longer necessary.

“Although I retired three years ago, that was on very different terms due in part to a contractual dispute. I always thought I would play again, although there weren’t an abundance of offers that interested me.

“This time, it is very different. I came back and have finished my career in a positive manner. To play, albeit a minor role, in arguably two of the most successful seasons in the club’s history has been a source of major enjoyment, pride and satisfaction. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to end on this note. I am doing it for the right reasons and with no regrets.

"I am also very fortunate to have spent the final two years of my playing career with some amazing team-mates. I have never known such a close bond in a dressing room and they have been a pleasure to play alongside. I would like to thank them and everybody associated with the club for making the final two years of my playing career two of the best and most memorable.”

Hughes played 185 games for Cherries in two spells, his final appearance coming as a substitute in a 1-1 draw at Burnley in November.

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9:44pm Sun 4 May 14

West moors 1 says...

My memorable moment of Richard Hughes was his free kick at Yeovil. What a goal that was! Thanks for your contribution to the success so AFCB. The cherries!
My memorable moment of Richard Hughes was his free kick at Yeovil. What a goal that was! Thanks for your contribution to the success so AFCB. The cherries! West moors 1
  • Score: 11

10:49pm Sun 4 May 14

YafcbY says...

You've been marvellous!
Thank you for the wonderful service and all the best of luck with your future career no matter where it maybe!!!
You've been marvellous! Thank you for the wonderful service and all the best of luck with your future career no matter where it maybe!!! YafcbY
  • Score: 10

11:18pm Sun 4 May 14

your having a laugh111 says...

Thanks Richard, you have always given us your best, it will be a loss to football if your not staying in the game. Good luck whatever you do.
Thanks Richard, you have always given us your best, it will be a loss to football if your not staying in the game. Good luck whatever you do. your having a laugh111
  • Score: 7

12:15am Mon 5 May 14

ASM says...

AFCB Legend! He played the best game I have seen from a Bournemouth player as CENTRE BACK against WBA in a 1-0 FA cup victory at dean court when they were all over us, but the lads defended like heroes.
AFCB Legend! He played the best game I have seen from a Bournemouth player as CENTRE BACK against WBA in a 1-0 FA cup victory at dean court when they were all over us, but the lads defended like heroes. ASM
  • Score: 11

8:25am Mon 5 May 14

cereza hincha says...

Good luck Richard and I hope you stay in football in the future. The game would be the loser if you don't as it's crying out for ex-professionals who know the English game from the bottom up.
Good luck Richard and I hope you stay in football in the future. The game would be the loser if you don't as it's crying out for ex-professionals who know the English game from the bottom up. cereza hincha
  • Score: 6

10:36am Mon 5 May 14

devon fan says...

good luck Richard in whatever you do in the future, and thank you for efforts on behalf of the club
good luck Richard in whatever you do in the future, and thank you for efforts on behalf of the club devon fan
  • Score: 3

10:52am Mon 5 May 14

Nat1234 says...

Good luck Richard ,, but that's one off the payroll who didn't contribute at all this season. I think with his wages , Eddie should tempt surman with an improved pay package . We won't need to replace Hughes ,....
Good luck Richard ,, but that's one off the payroll who didn't contribute at all this season. I think with his wages , Eddie should tempt surman with an improved pay package . We won't need to replace Hughes ,.... Nat1234
  • Score: -22

10:55am Mon 5 May 14

Nat1234 says...

Now PARTINGTON , JALAL, . STOCKLEY , FLAHAVAN. TUBBS , think of all those wages that could be put to bringing in 2 good players . These 5 players do not need to be replaced , because they haven't contributed at all to us this season ...
Now PARTINGTON , JALAL, . STOCKLEY , FLAHAVAN. TUBBS , think of all those wages that could be put to bringing in 2 good players . These 5 players do not need to be replaced , because they haven't contributed at all to us this season ... Nat1234
  • Score: -15

11:11am Mon 5 May 14

canfordcherry says...

A wise old head to settle the youngsters when needed.
A great pro with an attitude to match.
Should go into coaching somewhere, so much experience will be wasted otherwise.
Good Luck.
A wise old head to settle the youngsters when needed. A great pro with an attitude to match. Should go into coaching somewhere, so much experience will be wasted otherwise. Good Luck. canfordcherry
  • Score: 6

12:18pm Mon 5 May 14

lymicherry says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Good luck Richard ,, but that's one off the payroll who didn't contribute at all this season. I think with his wages , Eddie should tempt surman with an improved pay package . We won't need to replace Hughes ,....
What a shallow view. Contributing isn't just about game time; it's about sharing your knowledge at training sessions, giving younger squad members the benefit of your experience, and being a model professional and ambassador for the club.
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good luck Richard ,, but that's one off the payroll who didn't contribute at all this season. I think with his wages , Eddie should tempt surman with an improved pay package . We won't need to replace Hughes ,....[/p][/quote]What a shallow view. Contributing isn't just about game time; it's about sharing your knowledge at training sessions, giving younger squad members the benefit of your experience, and being a model professional and ambassador for the club. lymicherry
  • Score: 17

1:37pm Mon 5 May 14

devon fan says...

lymicherry wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good luck Richard ,, but that's one off the payroll who didn't contribute at all this season. I think with his wages , Eddie should tempt surman with an improved pay package . We won't need to replace Hughes ,....
What a shallow view. Contributing isn't just about game time; it's about sharing your knowledge at training sessions, giving younger squad members the benefit of your experience, and being a model professional and ambassador for the club.
well said
[quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good luck Richard ,, but that's one off the payroll who didn't contribute at all this season. I think with his wages , Eddie should tempt surman with an improved pay package . We won't need to replace Hughes ,....[/p][/quote]What a shallow view. Contributing isn't just about game time; it's about sharing your knowledge at training sessions, giving younger squad members the benefit of your experience, and being a model professional and ambassador for the club.[/p][/quote]well said devon fan
  • Score: 9

5:30pm Mon 5 May 14

raybren says...

No doubt Eddie will prioritise a Scottish signing to replace Hughes as minder to wee Ryan !
No doubt Eddie will prioritise a Scottish signing to replace Hughes as minder to wee Ryan ! raybren
  • Score: 2

7:46pm Mon 5 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Thanks Hughsie and all the very best for the future!
Thanks Hughsie and all the very best for the future! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

9:36pm Mon 5 May 14

abc100 says...

ASM wrote:
AFCB Legend! He played the best game I have seen from a Bournemouth player as CENTRE BACK against WBA in a 1-0 FA cup victory at dean court when they were all over us, but the lads defended like heroes.
I agree totally, it was when Lee Hughes was in his prime and scoring for fun and he never got a sniff all game, an Eddie Howe winner too in that game,
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: AFCB Legend! He played the best game I have seen from a Bournemouth player as CENTRE BACK against WBA in a 1-0 FA cup victory at dean court when they were all over us, but the lads defended like heroes.[/p][/quote]I agree totally, it was when Lee Hughes was in his prime and scoring for fun and he never got a sniff all game, an Eddie Howe winner too in that game, abc100
  • Score: 5

9:39pm Mon 5 May 14

abc100 says...

lymicherry wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
Good luck Richard ,, but that's one off the payroll who didn't contribute at all this season. I think with his wages , Eddie should tempt surman with an improved pay package . We won't need to replace Hughes ,....
What a shallow view. Contributing isn't just about game time; it's about sharing your knowledge at training sessions, giving younger squad members the benefit of your experience, and being a model professional and ambassador for the club.
Well said, there is much you can do without being on the pitch and I know for a fact that Flahaven is seen in a very similar way by all the coaching staff at Afcb, whether he will be kept on who knows but he also contributes massively on a day to day basis
[quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Good luck Richard ,, but that's one off the payroll who didn't contribute at all this season. I think with his wages , Eddie should tempt surman with an improved pay package . We won't need to replace Hughes ,....[/p][/quote]What a shallow view. Contributing isn't just about game time; it's about sharing your knowledge at training sessions, giving younger squad members the benefit of your experience, and being a model professional and ambassador for the club.[/p][/quote]Well said, there is much you can do without being on the pitch and I know for a fact that Flahaven is seen in a very similar way by all the coaching staff at Afcb, whether he will be kept on who knows but he also contributes massively on a day to day basis abc100
  • Score: 5

8:16am Tue 6 May 14

horsted says...

good luck, top player, top bloke, I have watched you whole career Hughes'y, well done
good luck, top player, top bloke, I have watched you whole career Hughes'y, well done horsted
  • Score: 3

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