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UPDATED 11:15 15th July 2012

Derby County Academy product Hughes is an attack-minded central midfielder who is regarded as a very exciting prospect.

Hughes is a graduate of Repton School and has gone from strength-to-strength since arriving from Nottingham Forest as a 12-year-old, which resulted in him signing professional terms in the spring of 2012.

Hughes has loads of ability and, as you would expect as a midfielder, he can see a pass and he can unlock opposition defences. His outstanding displays have earned plenty of plaudits and he has established himself as a key player at the iPro Stadium.

He committed his long-term future to the Club in the summer of 2014, by signing a new long-term deal until 2018.

After impressing in Derby’s Under-18s as a first-year scholar in the early months of the 2011/12 season he was handed his first-team debut as a 16-year-old by coming off the bench in Derby’s 3-2 loss at Peterborough United in November 2011.

He was called up by England at Under-17 level in March 2012 and found the net in the Algarve Tournament against Holland, before returning to make an impact at first-team level before the season was out.

He made his first-ever start for the Club on the final day of the season in the home game against Peterborough, where he produced an eye-catching display on the right-hand side of midfield.

2012/13 saw Hughes rack up 38 appearances, scoring twice, and he also gained two caps for England’s Under-21 side.

His form attracted interest from afar but he has remained focused on his performances for Derby, and he further blossomed under Steve McClaren in the 2013/14 season.

He made 48 appearances in total and scored five goals, including a fine back-heeled finish in the Play-Off Semi-Final win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the iPro Stadium, and was also named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season.