Plymouth Argyle: Carl McHugh may play in midfield, says Adams

By James LawBBC Sport
Carl McHugh
McHugh played for the Republic of Ireland U21s twice in 2013

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says Irishman Carl McHugh could figure in a central midfield role this season.

The 22-year-old played at both centre-back and left-back under previous manager John Sheridan.

He was picked in a holding midfield position as the League Two side beat non-league Elburton Villa 4-2 in their first pre-season game on Tuesday.

"It's an area that he could possibly play for us this season, depending on the formation," Adams told BBC Sport.

"He'd obviously played in the middle of a three (in defence) but in his younger days he had played in central midfield.

"It was good to see him playing in that area of the pitch and I thought he did very well."

McHugh joined the Pilgrims from Bradford in June 2014 and made 50 appearances last season, with fellow countryman Anthony O'Connor occupying the defensive midfield role at the club.

Meanwhile, ex-Ross County boss Adams admitted he will have to "wait and see" as he turns his attention towards loan acquisitions.

"We've got an eye on a number of players and at this stage you have to wait and see what the clubs are thinking.

"I'm pushing to get them to come here because we'll be able to give them game time. It might happen sooner, but it might be that it's later.

"We've probably got around 13-15 senior players and we've got a long-term injury in (Deane) Smalley, so it's tight just now, but I think we've got a good group and a good core."