Hughes signs on to become new Morecambe captain

Mark Hughes, in action for Bury, battles with Preston's 'Chris Beardsley.
Mark Hughes, in action for Bury, battles with Preston's 'Chris Beardsley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has made former Bury central defender Mark Hughes his fifth summer signing - and immediately handed him the captain’s armband.

The 26-year-old has joined on a two-year deal and is expected to make his debut in the Shrimps’ first pre-season friendly against Burnley on Tuesday night.

Hughes will take Bentley’s old number five shirt and the similarities between the Morecambe boss and his new skipper don’t end there.

Bentley said: “I asked him which shirt he wanted and he said ‘is your number five shirt available?’.

“We’ve got a bit in common.

“He’s a Scouser and has joined the club at 26 and I was 26 when I signed too.

“He’s a good pro at a good age.

“He’s played 200 League 1 games and is a player I have always kept an eye on and I am delighted that he has signed for us.

“He has a lot of qualities and is a great talker as well as a good defender and will be an excellent captain for us.”

Hughes was one of 16 players released by Bury after they were relegated to League 2 last season.

He started his career at Everton before playing for Northampton and Walsall.

The Kirkby man then had a spell in Australia with North Queensland Fury before moving back to England at Gigg Lane.

He also spent time on loan at Accrington Stanley last season.

Andy Wright will be the Shrimps’ vice-captain for the 2013-2014 season.