Chally signs up hot shot Hughes

Dave Challinor and Matty Hughes

Dave Challinor and Matty Hughes

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AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor has pulled off a major coup by securing the signature of League One striker Matty Hughes.

But as one door opens another closes for two of the Conference North side’s players, as defender Luke Denson has rejoined former club Colwyn Bay and midfielder Liam Tomsett’s contact has not been extended

Hughes, 23, turned down offers to play in the Football League and Conference National to switch to Fylde, following his release from Fleetwood Town.

Ironically Hughes’ first match will be against Fleetwood Town in the Coasters’ first pre-season friendly on July 9 at Kellamergh Park and Challinor believes Town’s loss is his gain.

He said: “I’m delighted to be able to bring Matty to the club. As soon as I heard of his release, he was immediately on my radar.

“I was a little surprised that Matty wasn’t given an opportunity at Fleetwood. He’s young, quick, has great ability to go past players and can finish.

“He’ll undoubtedly bring even more quality to a side that scored the most goals in our division last season.”

And Challinor hailed the departing duo. He said: “Although I would have kept Luke with us, I knew it was inevitable that he wanted to play regular first-team football. He’ll be a real miss.

“It was a really tough call with Liam as he’s been fantastic since he joined.

“The only negative is that he is very similar to other potential options we have in midfield and I feel this is an area we need to be a little bit different in if we’re to improve.

“I will do as much as I can to get him sorted with a club, as he deserves it.”