David James, Ben Foster and Robert Green have all lined up between the sticks for the Italian this year.
And coach Fabio Capello faces a tough decision on who to pick as his first choice stopper for South Africa.
Hughton said: "I would say that at Steve's age now, he is in his prime.
"He is a player of great, great maturity, and he is able to still make the reflex saves he has made for us in recent games.
"You go back to Sheffield United - he is still able to make the great reflex saves."