McCall considers Hughes contract

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Motherwell manager Stuart McCall will hold talks with midfielder Stephen Hughes next week over the possibility of a short-term deal.

Hughes has been training with his former club and played in a reserve game in midweek after his Norwich contract was cancelled by mutual consent earlier this month.

McCall said: "He is a good type, a good professional. He has played 60 minutes in a reserve game for us. We're going to have a little chat with him next week and we'll see."

After losing striker Bob McHugh and second-choice goalkeeper Lee Hollis to injury in the past week, to add to a long-term injury to defender Steven Saunders, McCall admits he probably has greater needs than signing a midfielder.

But Hughes was instrumental in Motherwell`s success under Mark McGhee during a two-year stay with his hometown team before he departed for Norwich in 2009.

The 28-year-old did not play for Norwich after undergoing ankle surgery in October last year and has not made a first-team appearance since March, when he was on loan at MK Dons.

McCall added: "Obviously his fitness levels aren't what they were but he is a naturally fit boy.

"It's not really an area where we're desperate, it's probably our strongest area, the middle of the park.

"Financially, we would have to sit down with him and I think if something would be done it would be a short-term deal, for us to have a look at him and him to have a look at us.

"The budget has been spent but we'll sit down with him and see what he's looking for and just have a chat. We thought for the first week or 10 days we would just let him get on with it and let him get his fitness levels up."

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