Hughes back on Melbourne rookie list

Hampton Rovers’ Danny Hughes was drafted back onto Melbourne’s rookie list at Tuesday’s NAB AFL Pre-Season and Rookie Draft. He was previously on the rookie list in 2006-07, however he was sidelined for the bulk of 2007 and 2008 due to injury.

Melbourne FC national recruiting manager Barry Prendergast said Daniel Hughes had been drafted back onto Melbourne’s rookie list after first been picked up in 2006.

?Danny was part of our rookie list, but he’s got himself right after some hip operations and he’s been doing the pre-season. He has a bit of X-factor about him, he said.?

Prendergast said Melbourne had targeted specific types of players in this year’s drafting period.

“Most of our blokes that we’ve drafted have performed in big games, when they have performed under the pump. That was a key component of what we’ve got into the club,” he said.

“We hope that brings a hard culture into the footy club.”

Daniel debuted for the Hampton Rovers in 2001 and has played 52 games for the club. After being picked up by the Dees, he showed plenty of promise at VFL level with Sandringham in 2006 and was unlucky to miss selection in the Grand Final. He has no shortage of courage and is a good kick.

The Rovers wish Danny all the best in 2009 with the Melbourne Football Club.

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