Motherwell re-sign midfielder Stephen Hughes

Midfielder Stephen Hughes has signed for former club Motherwell until the turn of the year.

The 29-year-old ex-Rangers, Leicester, Motherwell and Norwich player has signed until 3 January but may win an extended deal if he performs well.

The Motherwell-born player will go straight into Stuart McCall's first-team squad for Saturday's Scottish Premier League trip to Aberdeen.

"It feels great to be back," Hughes told BBC Scotland.

I've come here for six weeks. I've not looked beyond that

Stephen Hughes

"Hopefully I can improve myself and help Motherwell with the good start that they've had this season."

Hughes, who played at Fir Park in seasons 2007/08 and 2008/09, first joined the Steelmen after a two-year stint at Leicester.

He had moved south after cutting ties with his first club Rangers at the age of 22, who he had joined aged 16.

On exiting Fir Park in the summer of 2009, he signed for Norwich City and had a loan spell at MK Dons before leaving the Canaries last summer.

Stephen Hughes

  • Started career at Rangers
  • Joined Leicester in 2005
  • Began first spell at Motherwell in 2007
  • Moved south again to join Norwich in 2009
  • Had loan spell at MK Dons in 2011 before rejoining Motherwell
  • Has been capped by Scotland's Under-21, B and senior sides

Hughes, capped once for Scotland in 2009, had recently been training with Motherwell and faces stiff competition to make the starting line-up at Fir Park.

The SPL's third-placed team have Tom Hateley, Omar Daley, Nicky Law, Chris Humphrey, Steve Jennings, Keith Lasley and Ross Forbes vying for places in the team.

"I've come here for six weeks and that's all I've looked at, just to get training and get games," he added.

"I've not looked beyond that. We'll see what happens after the six weeks and then I'll assess the situation."