The former Manchester United midfielder has been lambasted by former Rs players and fans since his arrival.
"Heâ€™s a good player and his experience will be invaluable," Hughes told the Fulham Chronicle. "In the last couple of years he hasnâ€™t had a run of games and that can get a lot of getting used to.
"Heâ€™s a good character around the group and thatâ€™s one of the reasons I gave him the armband.
"Heâ€™s just needs to get into the rhythm and continuity of playing that he hasnâ€™t had up to now.
"Once he has that, it will help his form and his impact on games."