English League Two club Accrington Stanley have missed out on the services of North Queensland Fury defender Mark Hughes.

The Reds were hoping to bring in the 24-year old former Everton man as replacement for the injured Kevin Long who is on loan from Burnley.

But the Fury want to keep Hughes for the remainder of the A-League season before he more than likely returns home to England. However, after missing the transfer deadline, Hughes will not be able to join a new club until the English summer transfer window kicks off in June.