Lee Hughes: Former £5m striker signs for non-league Worcester

Lee Hughes
Lee Hughes has arrived at Aggborough for the second time this year, having rejoined his first club Kidderminster Harriers on a short-term contract in February

Former £5m striker Lee Hughes has joined National League North club Worcester City, at the age of 39.

His move to City, who play at Aggborough, home of Kidderminster Harriers, brings him back to the ground where his career began 20 years ago.

Smethwick-born Hughes began his career with the Harriers in 1995 before making his name at West Bromwich Albion.

It led to his biggest career move, when he joined Coventry for £5m in 2001, but he was only with City for a year.

Hughes' scoring record
Lee Hughes began his career at Kidderminster Harriers, for whom he scored 70 goals in 139 games, before joining West Bromwich Albion in 1997. He then scored 203 league goals in 469 appearances for Albion, Coventry, Oldham, Blackpool (loan), Notts County and Port Vale before returning to the non-league top flight, first with Forest Green, then the Harriers.

He returned to The Hawthorns to help Albion win promotion to the Premier League in 2002, but was then sent to prison in August 2004 for causing death by dangerous driving.

After three years out of action, he returned to play in the lower reaches of the Football League, still proving a prolific scorer with Oldham, Notts County and Port Vale before dropping down to the Conference with Forest Green in January 2014.

Analysis: BBC Hereford & Worcester commentator Dan Johnson
"After conceding more goals than any other team in the league, and scoring just seven in their first seven games, City find themselves in the relegation zone. Hughes is a proven goalscorer from the Premier League to non-league and even at 39, he could be exactly what the club need right now."

Hughes then returned to Kidderminster in February, more than 17 years after he left the club, but managed just three goals in 13 games.

He began this season with Northern Premier League side Ilkeston Town, but has now answered the call from a struggling Worcster side who are second bottom of National League North, having picked up just four points from their first seven games.

Lee Hughes
Lee Hughes left Harriers in 1997 to join West Bromwich Albion for a then club record £350,000 sale price

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