Bury St Edmunds may have just played their trump card in ensuring survival in English rugby’s fourth tier — by pulling off the deadline day signing with recent experience of both the top two levels.
Fly-half Glyn Hughes, still not even into his 30s, seems to have plenty to offer Bury’s quest to avoid dropping out of National League Two South in only their second season since they were promoted to the highest ever level in the club’s history.
Hughes, who has previously played for Premiership sides Northampton Saints and Wasps, was on the books of Championship side London Welsh ahead of the club folding at the start of the year.
After a brief drop down to London League level with Letchworth Garden City, Bury swooped to tie up the paperwork with just hours of Friday’s season-ending deadline for English clubs remaining.
Hughes also joined with blindside flanker Dave Ellis whose signature was another coup, as he is a highly-regarded team-mate of Tom Rock’s in the RAF team.
Of Hughes’ capture, ahead of tomorrow’s crunch home clash with bottom side Exmouth (3pm), Bury’s director of rugby Gavin Hogg said: “It is pretty exciting.
“He will come in and give us something a bit different between now and the end of the season.”
Hogg, whose side are only three points above the drop zone, added: “Hopefully those two will come in and give us a bit of fresh energy and enthusiasm.”