Vale await League approval for Hughes switch

Vale await League approval for Hughes switch

Port Vale FC are waiting for the Football League to ratify their loan move for Notts County striker Lee Hughes.

The deadline for Football League loans expired at 5pm on Thursday but not before the Valiants agreed a deal with County for the forward to join initially on loan and then permanently in January.

There is no doubt that the signing of Lee Hughes will cause some controversy as the striker did serve a prison term in 2004 for death by dangerous driving. To his credit, Hughes did make a public apology  and met the family of the man who died. Other fans will see the Hughes signing as a statement of intent from new owners Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite.

Hughes is currently serving a three match ban for violent conduct.

Ironically, John Rudge tried to sign Hughes from Kidderminster in 1997 but the striker decided to join West Brom instead.

Lee Hughes Factfile

Age: 36

Clubs: West Brom, Coventry, Oldham, Blackpool, Notts County

Games: 400+88

Goals: 206

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