Hughes hopes for new Blues deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The enigmatic midfielder is in the final year of his present deal at St Andrews and his early season absence from Steve Bruce's plans suggested he would not clinch an extension.
But Hughes has knuckled down during the past month, with his revival capped by a starting slot in Saturday's Midlands derby against Wolves.
The 27-year-old had discussions regarding a fresh two-year deal during the summer and is now hoping those talks can be revived.
"I started this campaign not involved, which was a bit disappointing, but I'm back in the fold again now and relishing every minute," said Hughes.
"I'm in the last year of my contract so I'm playing for a new one. That's why I want to be involved every game.
"He knows what I can do. If I come in and perform like I know I can play, I'm sure that he and the board will think about giving me a new contract. We'll see how it goes."
Hughes was wanted by Rotherham United earlier in the campaign but, after a flurry of substitute outings, is now firmly back in Bruce's plans.
The Blues chief admitted the door is not closed on Hughes' career at St Andrews and he is keen to keep the gifted midfielder at the club.
"Bryan has been a great servant to the club and I don't want him to leave," said Bruce. "We will see what develops."
Meanwhile, Mikael Forssell has brushed off suggestions he is unhappy during his loan stint in the Midlands from Chelsea.
Newspaper reports claimed the striker was not enjoying his spell with Blues but Forssell insists the stories could not be further from the truth.
Ç£All that was said was rubbish, because I'm really happy and I've been saying that for the past two months since I've been here,Ç¥ said Forssell on Capital Gold.