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Tuesday 10 Jan 2017
Experienced defender heads for Edinburgh

Aaron Hughes will be plying his trade in Scotland’s top flight until the end of the season.

The experienced Northern Ireland defender, fresh from a spell in the Indian Super League, has just signed for Hearts.

The former Newcastle United, Fulham and Aston Villa stopper joined his new teammates at training for the first time earlier today.

The 37-year-old joins the Edinburgh side, who are currently fourth in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership, as a free agent having recently captained Kerala Blasters to the final of the Indian Super League.

At the Edinburgh club Aaron will team up with Austin MacPhee, Northern Ireland’s assistant coach. Austin joined Hearts as assistant to head coach Ian Cathro last month.

Capped 104 times, Hughes made his last international appearance in the 2-0 loss to Germany in Hanover last October.

Northern Ireland's most-capped outfield player has 455 English Premier League appearances under his belt as well as more than 50 appearances in European competitions.