Motherwell ace Carl McHugh has been reflecting on his hugely eventful first season playing in the Scottish Premiership.
McHugh (24) – part of the ’Well side which finished ninth in last season’s Scottish Premiership – spent four months out with delayed concussion after a horror head clash at Kilmarnock on the very first day of the campaign last August.
But the former Plymouth Argyle star ended up coming back to play a vital part in the ’Well team from December onwards, even scoring twice in two subsequent victories over Killie despite reverting to a centre back role due to the Steelmen’s defensive injury crisis.
“It’s a weird one isn’t it,” said the 24-year-old Irishman.
“It was a very difficult start for me. I’m happy with myself that I dug something out of the season.
“I’ve come back and I feel like I’ve done well since I’ve been back in the team and made a bit of an impact towards the end of the season.
“I would have taken that when I couldn’t do anything for that five or six months.”
McHugh and his mates are now on holiday after a hectic season, with the Irishman hoping for a considerable improvement in Motherwell’s fortunes in the next campaign.
“Hopefully we can progress moving forward,” he said. “I don’t want to be scrapping for our lives with three or four games to go next season.
“We’ve all got aspirations to move the club forward for next season, definitely.
“A cup run would be brilliant next year.
“I think in the cup this year we should have won the game at Ibrox. I think we can take heart from that moving forward.
“And it’s going to be a tougher league next year. Hibs are a big club coming up.
“We’re going to have to be better everywhere from top to bottom, both on and off the pitch.
“I think everybody recognises that and we need to make sure we kick on next year.”