Laura Hughes (soccer)

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Hughes playing for Canberra in 2019

Laura Hughes (born 6 June 2001) is an Australian soccer player who plays for Canberra United in the W-League.

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Career

Hughes was born in Canberra, and was signed in 2016 from the Canberra academy, and also had played some games for the Junior Matildas. [1] She made her debut on 18 December 2016, as a substitute in Canberra's 5–1 victory. This was her only appearance for the year. [2]

In the 2018–19 season, Hughes played a more regular role for Canberra which culminated with her winning the club's rising star for the year. [3]

She scored her first goal in a 3–1 victory over Adelaide at the end of the 2019–20 season. [4]

Hughes briefly left Canberra to play for Þróttur in Iceland but shortly re-signed for Canberra United in time for the 2020–21 W-League. [5] [6] Hughes had created a video of highlights of her playing which had been sent to various Icelandic clubs, this then led to her being noticed by Nik Chamberlain, the manager of Þróttur at the time. Hughes had always intended her stay in Iceland to be short-term as, when asked about her plans for the following Australian summer, she responded with "I am planning to return to Australia in time for W-League. However, it depends on whether the new coach of Canberra United would like to offer me a spot in their squad." [7]

Personal life

She has studied at Erindale College. [8]

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References

  1. "Canberra United sign Academy trio for Season 9". The Women's Game. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  2. "Canberra United Women vs Brisbane Roar FC Women, Westfield W-League, Round 7, 18th Dec 2016". Westfield W-League. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  3. Bertoldo, Lucie (25 October 2019). "Canberra United sign Laura Hughes and goal-scoring ace Hayley Taylor-Young". The Canberra Times . Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  4. "Hughes: So proud of all the girls | Interview | Westfield W-League | Westfield W-League". www.w-league.com.au. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  5. Bertoldo, Lucie (18 September 2020). "Laura Hughes re-signs with Canberra United for 2021 W-League season". The Canberra Times . Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  6. Bertoldo, Lucie (30 November 2020). "Laura Hughes' Icelandic adventure with Throttur Reykjavik FC". The Canberra Times . Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  7. Paquette, Catherine (15 June 2020). "From Canberra to Iceland: The 'Highlights Video' That Secured Hughes' Dream Move". The Women's Game. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  8. Bertoldo, Lucie (23 November 2019). "Canberra United's Laura Hughes ditches study for Melbourne City preparation". The Canberra Times . Retrieved 18 November 2021.