Leeds United: Hughes signs for Scunthorpe United

Andrew Hughes has ended his long and eventful association with Leeds United by joining Scunthorpe United on an 18-month deal.

Hughes finalised terms with Scunthorpe after passing a medical yesterday, concluding a three-and-a-half year career at Elland Road.

The 33-year-old joined Leeds on a free transfer from Norwich City in

2007, accepting the move just hours after an appeal panel upheld United's infamous 15-point deduction at the hands of the Football League.

He featured in two play-off campaigns for the club and made 51 appearances last season as Leeds finally won promotion from League One at the third attempt.

His opportunities in the Championship were more infrequent, however, and he took up Scunthorpe's offer six months into the one-year deal he signed at Elland Road last summer.

Hughes' 18-month contract at Glanford Park has the option of an additional year, and his move to Lincolnshire has involved him in Scunthorpe's anxious fight against relegation.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson said: "He joined at what some would have considered a difficult time and he's been a great servant to the club. I'd like to thank him for all his efforts and wish him the very best."

Hughes made his final appearance for Leeds as a substitute in the FA Cup third-round tie against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Reading player was a versatile asset during his time at Elland Road, featuring on both sides of United's defence and occasionally in his preferred position of central midfield, but he started only five league games this season.

Meanwhile, Mike Grella's half-season loan to Motherwell has collapsed due to a technicality in FIFA's rules.

The striker moved north from Leeds earlier this week but Motherwell were forced to cancel the deal by FIFA regulations stating that players can only play for two different clubs in any one season.

Grella featured briefly for Leeds at the start of this term and also appeared for Carlisle United during a recent emergency loan at Brunton Park.

Leeds will work next week to find Grella another loan in England, where emergency deals do not count towards the the number of sides a player has represented.

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