AFC Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh has left the Cherries for Championship side Hull City after nine years at Dean Court.
Pugh scored a single goal in the Conference whilst on loan at Kidderminster, before scoring in League Two for Bury and Shrewsbury.
He then went on to score in League One for Hereford United (and League Two) and AFC Bournemouth after making the move south in 2010.
Following the Cherries promotion from the third tier in 2013, Pugh also scored in the Championship and in the Premier League, which means Pugh has scored in all five of the top divisions in England, a feat, not many players have achieved.
However, since promotion to the top flight of English football, Pugh has been determined to feature more regularly.
— Kris Temple (@kristemple) January 5, 2019
Despite scoring some of the Cherries most memorable goals in the Premier League away at West Ham United and Crystal Palace during the clubs first season in the Premier League, in the four seasons the Cherries have been in the top division Pugh has made just 42 starts (plus 25 substitute appearances), with his last Premier League appearance coming in May.
He makes the move to Hull City for the remainder of the season, with the 31-year-old’s statistics for the Cherries reading 312 appearances, 56 goals and two promotions.
???? Hull City are delighted to confirm the loan signing of midfielder Marc Pugh from @afcbournemouth.
— Hull City (@HullCity) January 22, 2019
Pugh told their official website…
“I’m ecstatic about the new challenge ahead. I’ve met the gaffer and the rest of the squad and the team unity is something that shone through straight away.
“The team has been on a great run recently and it is a team that fights for each other all the way. I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.”
Can’t put into words what an honour it’s been to play for @afcbournemouth for the past 9 seasons – it’s been a privilege to be on this journey with everyone associated with the club. Feeling humbled by all the messages I’ve received. Thank you ????
— Marc Pugh (@MarcPugh7) January 22, 2019
Pugh really is the last of the old OLD guard – the incredible team Eddie scraped together and left Lee Bradbury in charge of. That entire 11 were all sold except for Pugh. He had that nasty injury on the protruding sprinkler at Leyton Orient which I think may have been a blessing in disguise as he went off the radar for a while. I remember him being the last to potentially be sold and I guess by that time Edmund Mitchell had decided he’d stripped enough cash out to be able to keep him, as I think Pugh was very much on the fence about any moves as his family was so settled.
Only slightly better than the idea of Harry Arter to Watford. Will certainly be missed. To think Jordon Ibe has been stealing a living while Pugh has rotted in the reserves… – Join the conversation, click here.