Bury boss Richie Barker has captured his first summer signing after securing the services of Mark Hughes on a two-year deal.
The Shakers have cast their net wide to bring the 24-year-old former Walsall defender back from Australia, where he had been playing for North Queensland Fury.
Liverpool-born Hughes started his career at Everton but made just three first-team appearances for the club.
He spent two years at Northampton and also had a loan spell at Stockport in addition to his season with the Saddlers.
Hughes must still pass a medical and receive international clearance for the deal to be completed.
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