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Captain’s Corner: Jeff Hughes previews Aarhus test

As we approach another historic night at Inver Park on Thursday, we spoke to captain Jeff Hughes ahead of the UEFA Conference League Second Qualifying Round First Leg against AGF Aarhus.

The Invermen come into the game after overcoming Bala Town in the First Qualifying Round with a 2-0 aggregate victory.

Reflecting on the Bala victory Jeff said: “It was special. When I was young and playing for the club, you would have never dreamt about moments like this, it didn’t seem within reach.

“Playing for your own hometown club in European competition is something that I don’t think could ever be matched and to make it through the first round makes it even better.

“Over the two legs of the tie, I thought we played quite well, maybe lacking that clinical edge which is to be expected this early in the season. Playing in front of our supporters at Inver Park, to have that vocal backing, we are always so thankful to have them and I just can’t praise them enough for how much they get behind the lads.”

Full attention now turns to the second round, with another sell-out Inver Park crowd. Looking forward to the visit of AGF Aarhus on Thursday, Jeff said: “It’s a different challenge, a bit of the unexpected. They look to be a very strong, physical side and we know we are going to be in for a tough game.

“Being at home for the first leg, I want to call on our supporters again to get behind the lads, as they always do, on another historic night at Inver Park.

“We’ve never been here before so let’s enjoy the occasion and give our all, both on and off the pitch.”

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