Philly Hughes returns to Tolka Park

Philly Hughes is the lastest signing announced for the 2015 season.

Philly previously played for the Real Reds – playing in 83 League games, 14 FAI Cup games, 6 League Cup and 8 Leinster Senior Cup games, between 2008 and 2013. He scored 31 goals in the League, 9 in the FAI, 2 in the League Cup and 4 in the LSC.

Having signed for Shels in 2008, it didn’t work out for him and he returnedto Kildare County in the summer transfer window. tTe following year he moved to Leinster Senior League club Phoenix FC but in June of that year he returned, once again, to Kildare County. The ‘Thoroughbreds’folded on the final day of that season and Philly found himself on the move again.

He spent 2010 at Monaghan United, scoring an impressive 22 league and Cup goals. In January 2011 he returned to Shelbourne, this time signing for Alan Mathews, and his 20 league goals, in 30 appearances, helped the Reds to promotion from the First Division. Philly also scored in the FAI Cup final as Shels drew 1-1 with Sligo Rovers before losing in a penalty shootout.

On Shels’ return to the Premier Division Philly scored eleven times in 28 league appearances but in 2013, without having scored in 17 league outings, he signed a loan deal at St Patrick’s Athletic on 1 July. He made his Pats debut on 4 July as a late sub against Zalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania in the Europa League but that was to be his only appearance for the club.

On 4 December 2013 Philly signed for Drogheda United. He had a dramatic introduction to life at United Park getting sent off from the bench in the season opener against Dundalk. He made his debut for the Drogs against Bray Wanderers on 11 April and made 8 league appearances, scoring once, before moving to Bray Wanderers on 18 July 2014 where he made a further 10 league appearances (eight as substitute) over the latter half of 2014.

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