Hughes on the move from Motherwell

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Stephen Hughes has left Motherwell for a second time after his short-term deal expired.

The midfielder rejoined his hometown club in November on a six-week pay-as-you-play contract after securing his exit from Norwich.

The 29-year-old made four appearances, starting the last two games in place of the suspended Steve Jennings, but with Motherwell manager Stuart McCall having a number of options in midfield, both parties agreed not to extend the deal.

McCall told "Stephen and I had a good chat [on Tuesday] and came to the agreement that he would go and try to find regular first-team action elsewhere.

"He has played a handful here but he wants to play regularly week in and week out and we can't guarantee him that.

"He has missed a fair bit of football during 2011 and what he needs now is somewhere he can get a regular spot, build his fitness and get back to his best.

"He was terrific whilst he was here - his attitude was always spot-on and we wish him all the best for the future."

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