Hughes Becomes A Hornet

By: Jack Wylie |
25/06/17 |

Derby County academy graduate Will Hughes has sealed a move to Watford for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £8million.

The 22-year-old has penned a five-year contract to finally leave the Rams having been highly coveted by many Premier League clubs over the past few years.

Hughes made his senior debut at the age of 16 in a 3-2 defeat to Peterborough in November 2011 and became a regular in the side the following campaign, going on to make 165 league appearances.

The midfielder is currently on international duty with England Under-21s, who have reached the European Championships semi-finals, where they will face Germany.

Derby boss Gary Rowett told the club website: “I have to make sure every player here next year is thoroughly committed to what we’re doing and it was an opportunity for Will and he certainly wanted to explore it.

“You always try to gauge what a player is thinking and how a player feels about it. Will said to me after two difficult seasons he really felt he needed a new challenge.

“I don’t suggest for one minute he doesn’t feel the same way about the club, because he does. He’s grown up here being a big part of it, but when you hear a player say that you have to be open-minded.”