Motherwell today announced the signing of former Ireland U21 international Carl McHugh.
The Donegal man joins the club from Plymouth Argyle where last season he was a key part of the team that came up short in the League Two playoff final against Wimbledon.
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The 23-year-old joining Motherwell has really perturbed his former club. Plymouth released a statement expressing their disappointment with the player. They say that McHugh had 'agreed in writing' terms to extend his stay at Home Park.
However, over the weekend, news of Motherwell's interest became known to McHugh and he has reneged on his earlier decision to remain with Plymouth.
We understand that Motherwell Football Club will today announce that they have signed Carl McHugh despite the fact that contract terms for him to extend his contract with Plymouth Argyle were agreed in writing between Argyle’s CEO Martyn Starnes, Carl, and Carl's agent Sky Andrew last Friday.
Carl subsequently confirmed in a telephone call with manager Derek Adams that he was planning to travel back to Home Park on Monday for pre-season training.
However, on Monday morning, we were advised by Carl’s agent that he had been contacted by another club over the weekend and that Carl had expressed a wish to speak with them.
We have now been informed that Carl has decided to join the Scottish Premiership team.
We are extremely disappointed that Carl has changed his mind and chosen to join Motherwell after he had previously given his agent the authority to extend his contract with Argyle.
The versatile McHugh, who can play at centre-back, full-back or as a holding midfielder, made the move to English football with Reading at the age of 16. In 2012, he moved on to Bradford.
You may remember McHugh scoring a bullet header for Bradford in the 2012/13 League Cup semi-final against Aston Villa. Bradford would go on to lose the final 5-0 to Swansea.
He joined Plymouth in the summer of 2014.
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