Fulham defender Hughes ready for Amorebieta challenge

Fulham defender Aaron Hughes is ready to battle in preseason to keep himself in the thoughts of manager Martin Jol.

Fulham defender Aaron Hughes is ready to battle in preseason to keep himself in the thoughts of manager Martin Jol.

With the recent arrival of Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Amorebieta on a free transfer, competition for inclusion on Jol’s teamsheet will be even stronger in 2013/14 – but Hughes is up for the challenge.

The 33-year-old told the official website: “It’s frustrating sitting on the bench because as a footballer you want to play. It’s always disappointing to lose your place but it’s just been a case of working hard and hoping an opportunity comes around and that will be the case again in August. I’ll be doing my best in pre-season to make sure I’m in the Manager’s thoughts.”

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