Carl McHugh leaves Bantams for Plymouth Argyle

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Carl McHugh Carl McHugh

Defender Carl McHugh has left City for League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

He penned a two-year deal with the Pilgrims today and will officially link up with them at the start of next month once his contract with the Bantams has expired.

McHugh, who was a key figure in City's record-breaking run to the Capital One Cup final in 2012-13, made 44 appearances in two seasons at Valley Parade.

His most memorable moment was scoring the third goal for the Bantams in their 3-1 home semi-final first-leg victory over Aston Villa.

McHugh also played his part in City's first season in League One following promotion last year, scoring the winner against Port Vale which was crucial in helping them stay away from the relegation zone.

He becomes the fourth member of the famous 'history-makers' squad from the memorable 2012/2013 season to leave the club this summer after Gary Jones, Garry Thompson and Nathan Doyle also departed during the off-season.

During his time at City, McHugh also earned his first under-21 caps for the Republic of Ireland and was awarded the Football League Young Player of Month for January 2013.

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8:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

silverbantam says...

Allelulu !!!
Allelulu !!! silverbantam
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8:57pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Hoggy64 says...

Class act, always gave 100% in whatever position he was asked to play. Good luck at Plymouth and thanks for contributing to some memorable times at City.
Class act, always gave 100% in whatever position he was asked to play. Good luck at Plymouth and thanks for contributing to some memorable times at City. Hoggy64
  • Score: 42

10:06pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Staffords Hairpiece says...

silverbantam wrote:
Allelulu !!!
Who the hell's Allelulu? Is it the love child from a previously secret love affair between boxer Mohammed Ali and Scottish singer Lulu?
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: Allelulu !!![/p][/quote]Who the hell's Allelulu? Is it the love child from a previously secret love affair between boxer Mohammed Ali and Scottish singer Lulu? Staffords Hairpiece
  • Score: -2

10:16pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Cityman23 says...

Sorry to see Carl go because he was one of the few 'bench' players who could be relied on to do a job when required.

We've made some good midfield signings but, with all the 'goings' there's a long way to go, before we have a 'squad.' Last season's bench was weak and we need some decent fringe players.

Still, there's plenty of time so ...over to you 'PP'!
Sorry to see Carl go because he was one of the few 'bench' players who could be relied on to do a job when required. We've made some good midfield signings but, with all the 'goings' there's a long way to go, before we have a 'squad.' Last season's bench was weak and we need some decent fringe players. Still, there's plenty of time so ...over to you 'PP'! Cityman23
  • Score: 9

11:38pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

Sorry to see Carl go. A good defender, albeit he is much better as a left centre-back than a left-back. To be fair, he wasn't going to shift a fully fit Andrew Davies, but does deserve to be playing regularly. Good luck to him at Plymouth.

Did PP offer McHugh a contract equal to or better than his last one and if so, aren't we entitled to compensation? PP may waive any entitlement to compensation so that Carl can play first team football (he seems compassionate in that respect- remember Scott Brown?). But will Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes want to pursue any compensation entitlement, especially after we got our @rses kicked over Mark Stewart????
Sorry to see Carl go. A good defender, albeit he is much better as a left centre-back than a left-back. To be fair, he wasn't going to shift a fully fit Andrew Davies, but does deserve to be playing regularly. Good luck to him at Plymouth. Did PP offer McHugh a contract equal to or better than his last one and if so, aren't we entitled to compensation? PP may waive any entitlement to compensation so that Carl can play first team football (he seems compassionate in that respect- remember Scott Brown?). But will Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes want to pursue any compensation entitlement, especially after we got our @rses kicked over Mark Stewart???? Waynus1971
  • Score: -2

2:06am Tue 17 Jun 14

Bradford1903 says...

I'm assuming we offered Carl another deal, but he realises the only chance he would have of playing is in the event of an injury to Davies.

I think we will look back on it in a few years time, and wish we hadn't let him go, but you can't ignore someone's desire to play regular 1st team football.

Good luck to him, I think Plymouth have got themselves an excellent signing.
I'm assuming we offered Carl another deal, but he realises the only chance he would have of playing is in the event of an injury to Davies. I think we will look back on it in a few years time, and wish we hadn't let him go, but you can't ignore someone's desire to play regular 1st team football. Good luck to him, I think Plymouth have got themselves an excellent signing. Bradford1903
  • Score: 17

6:23am Tue 17 Jun 14

allannicho says...

Bet of luck Carl I,m sue you will be happy in Devon with
the Pilgrims. t
Thought they may have kept you for the future
but they know best I guess.
Bet of luck Carl I,m sue you will be happy in Devon with the Pilgrims. t Thought they may have kept you for the future but they know best I guess. allannicho
  • Score: 4

7:41am Tue 17 Jun 14

i miss stallard & murray says...

Gutted about this surely we could have sent him on a season loan with a few to building our future team around providing he developed his potential. I feel this may prove to be a decision we cud regret. (Why the hell did bates get in over mchugh wen davo was initially injured)
However we do av a similar player in heaton (left bak or centre half) who as just signed his first pro contract. Does he have similar potential to Carl?
Hopefully the decision will turn out well for both parties. Good luck Carl and thanks for the memories.
Gutted about this surely we could have sent him on a season loan with a few to building our future team around providing he developed his potential. I feel this may prove to be a decision we cud regret. (Why the hell did bates get in over mchugh wen davo was initially injured) However we do av a similar player in heaton (left bak or centre half) who as just signed his first pro contract. Does he have similar potential to Carl? Hopefully the decision will turn out well for both parties. Good luck Carl and thanks for the memories. i miss stallard & murray
  • Score: 3

8:20am Tue 17 Jun 14

Pablo says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Sorry to see Carl go. A good defender, albeit he is much better as a left centre-back than a left-back. To be fair, he wasn't going to shift a fully fit Andrew Davies, but does deserve to be playing regularly. Good luck to him at Plymouth.

Did PP offer McHugh a contract equal to or better than his last one and if so, aren't we entitled to compensation? PP may waive any entitlement to compensation so that Carl can play first team football (he seems compassionate in that respect- remember Scott Brown?). But will Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes want to pursue any compensation entitlement, especially after we got our @rses kicked over Mark Stewart????
Davies is injury prone and Carl would have been an able deputy.

I think it's a massive blunder to lose someone with his whole career ahead of him, who showed so much promise.

Meanwhile, we're stuck with three highly paid individuals, who'll provide little or no competition for places.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Sorry to see Carl go. A good defender, albeit he is much better as a left centre-back than a left-back. To be fair, he wasn't going to shift a fully fit Andrew Davies, but does deserve to be playing regularly. Good luck to him at Plymouth. Did PP offer McHugh a contract equal to or better than his last one and if so, aren't we entitled to compensation? PP may waive any entitlement to compensation so that Carl can play first team football (he seems compassionate in that respect- remember Scott Brown?). But will Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes want to pursue any compensation entitlement, especially after we got our @rses kicked over Mark Stewart????[/p][/quote]Davies is injury prone and Carl would have been an able deputy. I think it's a massive blunder to lose someone with his whole career ahead of him, who showed so much promise. Meanwhile, we're stuck with three highly paid individuals, who'll provide little or no competition for places. Pablo
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8:27am Tue 17 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

a good player and better than league 3 or even 2. Should have kept him but if we are not offering contracts until well after31 January then we risk losing good players like this. Are we due a training fee not sure but if not improved offer made at the right time then maybe not!
a good player and better than league 3 or even 2. Should have kept him but if we are not offering contracts until well after31 January then we risk losing good players like this. Are we due a training fee not sure but if not improved offer made at the right time then maybe not! tyker7745
  • Score: 1

8:38am Tue 17 Jun 14

yorkiewyke says...

I feel we may come to regret the decision to let Carl go. Players of his obvious potential and ability not forgetting promise are hard to come by
I feel we may come to regret the decision to let Carl go. Players of his obvious potential and ability not forgetting promise are hard to come by yorkiewyke
  • Score: 5

9:38am Tue 17 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

A Young player 21 the type and age when there is great scope for natural improvement surely just the type we should hang on to however Parky must feel it is wise to let him go and has the Manager he should know best i only hope he is right GOOD LUCK LAD I AND MANY OTHERS LIKED YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS ON THE PITCH GO ON AND PROSPER
A Young player 21 the type and age when there is great scope for natural improvement surely just the type we should hang on to however Parky must feel it is wise to let him go and has the Manager he should know best i only hope he is right GOOD LUCK LAD I AND MANY OTHERS LIKED YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS ON THE PITCH GO ON AND PROSPER lawsonio123
  • Score: 2

9:44am Tue 17 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Gutted, Carl McHugh was an excellent prospect, he came up with some great and important goals, his last being the winner against Port Vale. Great heart and a fella with the right character to succeed as a footballer at this level and maybe higher.

Good luck Carlo, I'm sure you'll be a big success at Plymouth.

Go maire sibh bhur saol nua.
Gutted, Carl McHugh was an excellent prospect, he came up with some great and important goals, his last being the winner against Port Vale. Great heart and a fella with the right character to succeed as a footballer at this level and maybe higher. Good luck Carlo, I'm sure you'll be a big success at Plymouth. Go maire sibh bhur saol nua. bcfc1903
  • Score: 7

6:09pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Remembertheparaders says...

Big mistake to let this lad go. Excellent young defender.
Should have played more last season.
Big mistake to let this lad go. Excellent young defender. Should have played more last season. Remembertheparaders
  • Score: -1

9:47pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Victor Clayton says...

Best of luck Carl
Best of luck Carl Victor Clayton
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11:49pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

Can somebody, anybody, point to the bit that says "we released Carl McHugh"? How many comments above say we were wrong to let him go, etc!!!

At the end of the day, nobody yet knows the circumstances behind his departure. Isn't it just as likely that we did offer a contract but McHugh wants to play first team, in his favoured position and knows that he won't get that here until Davies picks up an injury????
Can somebody, anybody, point to the bit that says "we released Carl McHugh"? How many comments above say we were wrong to let him go, etc!!! At the end of the day, nobody yet knows the circumstances behind his departure. Isn't it just as likely that we did offer a contract but McHugh wants to play first team, in his favoured position and knows that he won't get that here until Davies picks up an injury???? Waynus1971
  • Score: -1

11:56pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

Pablo wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
Sorry to see Carl go. A good defender, albeit he is much better as a left centre-back than a left-back. To be fair, he wasn't going to shift a fully fit Andrew Davies, but does deserve to be playing regularly. Good luck to him at Plymouth.

Did PP offer McHugh a contract equal to or better than his last one and if so, aren't we entitled to compensation? PP may waive any entitlement to compensation so that Carl can play first team football (he seems compassionate in that respect- remember Scott Brown?). But will Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes want to pursue any compensation entitlement, especially after we got our @rses kicked over Mark Stewart????
Davies is injury prone and Carl would have been an able deputy.

I think it's a massive blunder to lose someone with his whole career ahead of him, who showed so much promise.

Meanwhile, we're stuck with three highly paid individuals, who'll provide little or no competition for places.
Your point is?? Yes Carl could have been Davies' deputy, but perhaps the lad wanted more than that??? Can you blame him for wanting to be first choice somewhere?

A blunder? So you know the decision for McHugh to leave was down to City and not the player???? Not sure who the three highly paid back-ups are? I can only think of Taylor.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Sorry to see Carl go. A good defender, albeit he is much better as a left centre-back than a left-back. To be fair, he wasn't going to shift a fully fit Andrew Davies, but does deserve to be playing regularly. Good luck to him at Plymouth. Did PP offer McHugh a contract equal to or better than his last one and if so, aren't we entitled to compensation? PP may waive any entitlement to compensation so that Carl can play first team football (he seems compassionate in that respect- remember Scott Brown?). But will Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes want to pursue any compensation entitlement, especially after we got our @rses kicked over Mark Stewart????[/p][/quote]Davies is injury prone and Carl would have been an able deputy. I think it's a massive blunder to lose someone with his whole career ahead of him, who showed so much promise. Meanwhile, we're stuck with three highly paid individuals, who'll provide little or no competition for places.[/p][/quote]Your point is?? Yes Carl could have been Davies' deputy, but perhaps the lad wanted more than that??? Can you blame him for wanting to be first choice somewhere? A blunder? So you know the decision for McHugh to leave was down to City and not the player???? Not sure who the three highly paid back-ups are? I can only think of Taylor. Waynus1971
  • Score: -2

9:07am Wed 18 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Pablo wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
Sorry to see Carl go. A good defender, albeit he is much better as a left centre-back than a left-back. To be fair, he wasn't going to shift a fully fit Andrew Davies, but does deserve to be playing regularly. Good luck to him at Plymouth.

Did PP offer McHugh a contract equal to or better than his last one and if so, aren't we entitled to compensation? PP may waive any entitlement to compensation so that Carl can play first team football (he seems compassionate in that respect- remember Scott Brown?). But will Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes want to pursue any compensation entitlement, especially after we got our @rses kicked over Mark Stewart????
Davies is injury prone and Carl would have been an able deputy.

I think it's a massive blunder to lose someone with his whole career ahead of him, who showed so much promise.

Meanwhile, we're stuck with three highly paid individuals, who'll provide little or no competition for places.
Your point is?? Yes Carl could have been Davies' deputy, but perhaps the lad wanted more than that??? Can you blame him for wanting to be first choice somewhere?

A blunder? So you know the decision for McHugh to leave was down to City and not the player???? Not sure who the three highly paid back-ups are? I can only think of Taylor.
Good balanced comments Waynus.

At present, McHugh's footballing ability is nothing better than what City have already got. However, he is only young and he appears to have the attitude and the ability to improve.

He is at an age when he needs to be playing and I think it is the right move for everyone concerned. For his sake, I hope that he goes on to have an excellent career.

Unfortunately, such decisions have got to be made,
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Sorry to see Carl go. A good defender, albeit he is much better as a left centre-back than a left-back. To be fair, he wasn't going to shift a fully fit Andrew Davies, but does deserve to be playing regularly. Good luck to him at Plymouth. Did PP offer McHugh a contract equal to or better than his last one and if so, aren't we entitled to compensation? PP may waive any entitlement to compensation so that Carl can play first team football (he seems compassionate in that respect- remember Scott Brown?). But will Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes want to pursue any compensation entitlement, especially after we got our @rses kicked over Mark Stewart????[/p][/quote]Davies is injury prone and Carl would have been an able deputy. I think it's a massive blunder to lose someone with his whole career ahead of him, who showed so much promise. Meanwhile, we're stuck with three highly paid individuals, who'll provide little or no competition for places.[/p][/quote]Your point is?? Yes Carl could have been Davies' deputy, but perhaps the lad wanted more than that??? Can you blame him for wanting to be first choice somewhere? A blunder? So you know the decision for McHugh to leave was down to City and not the player???? Not sure who the three highly paid back-ups are? I can only think of Taylor.[/p][/quote]Good balanced comments Waynus. At present, McHugh's footballing ability is nothing better than what City have already got. However, he is only young and he appears to have the attitude and the ability to improve. He is at an age when he needs to be playing and I think it is the right move for everyone concerned. For his sake, I hope that he goes on to have an excellent career. Unfortunately, such decisions have got to be made, Michael Clayton
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