Words by Richard Scott
Experienced forward Lee Hughes has joined AFC Telford United just hours after leaving Worcester City because he says the club are enduring money issues.
Hughes explained to BBC Shropshire’s Nick Southall that it was due to financial reasons at the Vanarama National League club was his reason for departing for the Bucks.
Hughes said: “I had a great time there and I met some great people and scored quite a few goals for them.
“When I found out the club was in financial difficulty and they have got to get rid of a lot of players and I was one of them. I decided to speak to them about it and they were happy for me to go.”
Telford side will be Hughes 12th club in a career that has seen him go from Non-League football into the Football League before returning to where he started.
Now he can’t wait to get going for his latest club.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to getting started here. I’ve scored a few goals against Telford in my career and I’ve enjoyed playing at their stadium- the New Bucks Head.
“I’m excited to be working with the lads and getting started on getting Telford safe.”
Hughes also believes he has a few years left in him after scoring 14 goals in 20 games this season for the Blues.
Meanwhile his new boss Rob Smith added: “We became aware of Lee’s contract at Worcester and made a tentative enquiry and were pleasantly surprised when he became available.
“I’m not aware if Worcester has some financial issues at the moment. But contact was made and it was done pretty quickly as there were about five other clubs who were in for him.
“In my opinion, he is the best striker around this level after Danny Rowe and to get someone of his standard is virtually impossible and it was a too good of an opportunity to have turned down and if we hadn’t of got him then five others would have.”
The 40-year-old is set to be involved in Telford’s trip to AFC Fylde on Saturday.