The combative Scottish international arrived from Bournemouth for a bargain £50,000 deal in 2002.
Hughes grew up in Italy, spending time at the Atalanta academy before moving to Arsenal in 1998.
The 28-year-old has moulded himself into a holding midfielder in recent years, where his no-nonsense style of play has endeared him to supporters.
With players having left the club this summer, it's an opportunity for 'Hughesy' to reclaim his starting line up place in the centre of midfield.
Apart from Linvoy Primus, Hughes is the longest-serving player at the club.
Former clubs: Atalanta, Arsenal, Bournemouth, Grimsby Town (Loan)
Date of birth: June 25, 1979
Height: 1.83m (6ft 0in)