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Dungannon striker Hughes reveals physio's challenge to hit goal target


Aiming high: Daniel Hughes is targeting 15 goals this season
Aiming high: Daniel Hughes is targeting 15 goals this season
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Daniel Hughes has targeted 15 goals this season to fire Dungannon up the table - and win a challenge with the club's physio.

The Swifts striker has overcome injury problems to rediscover his best form in recent weeks.

Hughes has five goals in his last four games, and seven for the campaign overall.

And he has plenty of incentive as he looks to increase that total between now and May.

He credits club physio Steven Symington with getting him off the treatment table - and setting his targets high.

"I've a wee challenge with the physio," Hughes explained.

"As I was coming back from injury, he said to try and get 15. I've seven so far, so I'm well on my way to it. It gives me a bit of extra motivation over the next few months."

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Hughes (26) scored eight times for Dungannon last term after joining from Cliftonville in the January window.

This season started on a more frustrating note, with a leg problem ruling him out for most of September.

Then, at the end of October, he suffered a second injury in a 2-1 loss to Linfield. He missed almost two months, returning on December 22, but has quickly rediscovered his scoring touch.

At the weekend, Hughes scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Cliftonville.

It leaves Dungannon still unbeaten in 2019, and Hughes is pleased with their form.

"You get confidence from good results," he said. "Everybody is enjoying training, there is a good buzz about the club.

"Now we just have to keep the momentum going and try to pick up more points.

"Kris (Lindsay) has come in and his impact is starting to show. All the players are pulling in the right direction, playing the way he wants us to play, and it is showing in our performances. There is a lot of confidence, and results like Cliftonville will help us kick on."

Hughes signed a new contract earlier this month, keeping him at Stangmore Park until at least 2021.

And he insists it was an easy decision to stay at Dungannon.

He added: "I like what Kris has done since he has come in. I sat down with him and the chairman and said I would sign an extension - I didn't have to think too hard about it. I'm happy here.

"There is still a lot to play for this season. For me the target is to score more goals, win more games and get Dungannon up the table."

The Swifts, who are facing Coleraine this weekend, sit 10th in the Danske Bank Premiership table - eight points above the relegation places.

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