Chris hopes to show what he can really do at Hyde United

HYDE United boss Dave McGurk has turned back the clock after two familiar faces returned to Ewen Fields.

Chris Sutherland and Connor Hughes, both former professionals at Oldham Athletic, have rejoined the Tigers.

And Sutherland hopes to really show what he can do after his last stint was plagued by injury.

The midfielder returned to the Tigers after spending a whole year making sure calf problems can be firmly put behind him.

Chris Sutherland

Now he is back after starting training with his former club, the 31-year-old hopes to do enough to earn a deal for next season.

Sutherland, who made his comeback coming on as substitute during the impressive 4-1 win over Basford United, said: “It had been a long time since I last played, so it’s good to be back.

“The calf is feeling good, the best it’s felt in a long time. When I was here last time, I kept pushing it back and that’s why I kept breaking down.

“But I spent a whole year just doing my rehab and it’s feeling good. I’ve been running for about four months and trained for the past few weeks, I just need to get my match fitness back now.

“I’ve just really enjoyed being back training. I just want to get some minutes under my belt, get back playing and see what happens from there.”

McGurk hopes to see the best of Sutherland as they bid to make the BetVictor Northern Premier League, premier division play-offs.

He said: “We are delighted to get Chris back on board with us. He was with us for just short of a month and was training with a huge smile on his face, he’s enjoying playing again.

“Chris was out for a year and took his time building up his fitness to avoid any setbacks.

“It’s hard to believe he was out that length of time with the way he trained. He looked sharper than ever.”

Sutherland was not the only former Tiger to be back in a red shirt as McGurk signed Hughes on loan from Ashton United.

He slotted straight back in, scoring in the Basford victory, bringing back memories of his time there in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

And McGurk believes Hughes was just what the doctor ordered.

He added: “Connor joined us for an initial month and added to the attacking options we have.

“We were light at the top end of the pitch with injuries, illness and suspension and Connor came in to provide another creative option.

“He impressed me in every game I saw him play. He has quality on the ball which is above this level and hopefully we can get the best out of him during the month. Our pitch will suit him too.”

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