By Laura O'Leary

11th Nov, 2017 | 3:57pm

International star on eve of record admits he enjoys 'special connection to Newcastle'

By Laura O’Leary

Aaron Hughes has opened up about his time at Newcastle and revealed the importance of Sir Bobby Robson to him.

In an interview with the Guardian, ahead of him potentially breaking an international record – he’ll become the most-capped home nations defender if he features for Northern Ireland tomorrow – Hughes spoke of his career so far.

He said: “There will always be a special connection to Newcastle.

“Sir Bobby Robson was huge for me. He gave me a real go at it, kept me in the team and showed confidence in me.”

The 38-year-old came through the youth system at the Magpies, eventually breaking into the first team.

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Hughes was at the club between 1996 to 2005, leaving to join Aston Villa at that time.

The defender made 250 appearances for Newcastle and managed to score five goals in his time with the club.

The Northern Ireland international has featured for a host of clubs throughout his career such as Fulham, Brighton, QPR, Melbourne City, Kerala Blasters and Hearts.

The 250 appearances he made for Newcastle is the joint most he has made for any club, with him also playing 250 games for Fulham.

The 38-year-old currently plays in the SPL for Hearts, having joined them in January 2017.

So far this season, the centre back has made five appearances for Hearts across all competitions.

In other Newcastle United news, there have been offers tabled after the Magpies held talks about securing the signing of an international defender.

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