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Edds, Hughes signings positive for North Queensland Fury

The signings of Gareth Edds and Mark Hughes from English clubs are positive ones for North Queensland Fury according to new coach Franz Straka.

29-year old Australian defender/midfielder Edds has signed a one-year deal joining from Tranmere Rovers and 23-year old defender Hughes has signed from Walsall where he was captain.

Straka believes the inclusions of players of such quality was a great sign for the Fury and the A-League as a whole.

"Both players bring to the squad experience from their time in English football and it is a strong message that we can bring these quality players to Fury in the prime of their careers," he said.

"Gareth gives us a lot of options as he is solid in defence or midfield and has also proven he can score important goals. He has enjoyed a good career in England and comes to us at the peak of his game.

"Mark is a quality young defender who impressed me with his leadership and maturity. His experience as captain of the Everton reserve team and development since made him a top priority for the club."

Andrew Slevison
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