Motherwell striker Bob McHugh has joined Scottish Championship side Queen of the South on loan until the end of the season.
McHugh (22) worked his way through the youth ranks at Fir Park and was regular scorer for the under-19s and reserves, before being handed his first team debut at the age of 16 by Mark McGhee in a 2-0 victory over Hibs at the end of the 2007/08 season.
He has gone on to play 86 times, with eight goals from 13 starts, but has found regular first-team football hard to come by, particular this term battling the likes of John Sutton, Henri Anier, James McFadden and Craig Moore.
McHugh’s only goals this season have come in the League Cup at Livingston and in the league against Ross County.
He joins Jim McIntyre’s side who, despite sitting eighth in the table, are just five points behind a play-off spot.
McHugh said: “I am looking forward to hopefully playing regularly and getting sharp again.
“Queen of the South have performed so well in recent years and I want to play a part of that over the next few months.
“Being just five points behind Raith Rovers in fourth gives us something to aim at.
“My aim is to go there, play games, score goals and get sharp and return in the summer to make a push for regular games at Motherwell.”