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Hughes Relishing New Challenge

25 July 2018

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After joining the club earlier in the summer, defender Andrew Hughes is enjoying adapting to life at North End.

Hughes signed a three-year-deal in June as he joined the Lilywhites from Peterborough United, and the 26-year-old feels he has already settled in well at Deepdale.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, the Welshman said: "I feel like I've settled in, I didn't feel like it took me long with the lads being as welcoming as they are so I'm pretty settled.

"It's about everyone getting minutes under their belts and adjust to how everyone plays. Being a new player it's nice to come in and see how the team play and how the manager wants us to play and adapting to that.

"It's a different style to how I was playing at Peterborough last year, it is a lot to take on board but obviously the sooner I can get it in to my head then the better I will be.

"The way the gaffer wants us to play is high intensity, close other teams down, don't give them a second on the ball. I've played against teams like that who have done it to us and there's nothing worse than when you've got players down your throat every second of the game."

North End stepped up their preparations ahead of the new season in the last week, with two friendlies against Premier League opposition at Deepdale, something Hughes feels was beneficial for the squad.

"To test yourself against Premier League teams is what you want, what we are aiming for this year is promotion so that's the level we want to be playing at week in, week out so it's a good test." He continued.

"There is not one player that does anything half-hearted, everyone is all for the team, everyone works together and you can see that going off the two games against West Ham and Burnley. We are not here to be taken lightly. 

"It's still pre-season so you are obviously still trying to get fitness to its peak before the start of the season, everyone has worked their socks off up until this point and that will continue through until the first game."

Watch the full interview with Hughes on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.

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