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14 July 2014

Sami Hyypia has made experienced central defender Aaron Hughes his first new signing as Brighton & Hove Albion manager. 

The 34-year-old former Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Fulham player joins after leaving Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season and has agreed a one-year deal with Albion.

Hyypia said, "We wanted to bring another experienced defender, and Aaron fits the bill - having played at Premier League, Champions League and international level. 

"I have played against Aaron a few times during my time at Liverpool and also for Finland, and I know his qualities and what he will give us. 

"He has a very good footballing pedigree, is an intelligent player, and he has a great mentality and good approach to the game.

"He has that experience I wanted to bring into the squad, which alongside our other senior players, will help our younger players continue to develop and progress in the first-team squad. 

"Overall, we still have some work to do in terms of recruitment, and we are all working hard to do that. This is a good start and Aaron is a great addition."

Hughes flew out to Spain on Monday morning to join the squad at their training base and hotel in Pinatar. 


After a medical with head physio Adam Brett this afternoon, he put pen to paper overseen by club chief executive Paul Barber this evening, before joining the squad for training.

Hughes has played more than 450 Premier League games since his debut in 1997, and has 90 international caps for Northern Ireland in a career which began at Newcastle.

After graduating through the club's academy, he made his first-team debut in the Champions League against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in November 1997.

He made more than 200 appearances for the Magpies, before a switch to Aston Villa for £1m in 2005, where he made 54 senior appearances in a two-year spell. 

That was followed by a £1m move to Fulham in 2007 - where he was a teammate of Albion's goalkeeping coach Antti Niemi.

Hughes was part of the Fulham team which reached the Europa League Final in 2009/10, having already played in the Uefa Cup and the Champions League for Newcastle. 

In January of this year he moved to Loftus Road on a short-term deal, playing 11 times for Rangers and helping them clinch promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Ahead of the World Cup he was part of the Northern Ireland team which faced both Chile and Uruguay in South America, playing 90 minutes in both matches.

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