Canberra United are delighted to announce the re-signing of Laura Hughes for the forthcoming Liberty A-League season.

Hughes, who is closing on a half-century of appearances for United, was instrumental in the squad during the 2022 season, starting thirteen matches as an integral part of the midfield department.

“I am excited to be signing for Canberra United once more and can’t wait to get started,” Hughes commented.

“This is my hometown team, and we have a young and exciting squad that is determined to be successful. I love playing for Canberra United in front of the best fans in the league and I am sure that this upcoming season will be one to remember.

“I would like to thank Njegosh (Popovich) and the club for the continued opportunity to be part of the Canberra United story.”

Hughes, who came through the Canberra United Academy and made her debut for United in the 2016/2017 season, has played 44 times for the team in green and netted twice, and has earned herself international honours with Australia at under-17 level.

Ironically, both of her strikes for Canberra United have come in home matches, Hughes scoring goals in successive seasons against the Lady Reds in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons.

“Laura is a technical ball-playing midfielder who has a tenacious edge to her game that is needed to be a successful midfielder at the top level,” Canberra United Head Coach Njegosh Popovich commented.

“She is a good team performer and is getting better every season. Her dynamism and never give up attitude is a benefit to any team. Laura is a player that has a good understanding of the game.

“I was at the club when she made her debut, and I am looking forward to working with her again this season.”

Canberra United’s 2022/2023 Liberty A-League season begins on Saturday 19 November with a home match against Perth Glory at McKellar Park.

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Name: Laura Hughes

Date of Birth: 06/06/2001

Place of Birth: Canberra, ACT

Former Clubs: Emerging United, Canberra United Academy, Monaro Panthers, Australia U17

A-League Appearances: 44

A-League Goals: 2