FULHAM boss Martin Jol is hoping Aaron Hughes does not get itchy feet in the summer after the central defender’s longest spell out of the first team in his five years at the club.
A revitalised Philippe Senderos has meant the Northern Ireland international has been planted on the bench, and Jol has no immediate intention of switching the two.
Hughes has a year left on his contract in the summer, and although the manager admits he may be forced to find a whole new midfield, he does not think the 33-year-old will need replacing as well, but he is still keeping his fingers crossed.
Jol said: “You never say never about players leaving. I have one or two telling me they need to play almost every week.
“Aaron is fitter than all my other players and I don’t know why.
“But Philippe Senderos started when we had a real good run – so Aaron is waiting his chance.
“And if you’re not playing here and you want to play, you probably think about going.
“I don’t think Aaron will be one of them – but that’s something for the end of the season.”
Jol insisted back in August he wanted to lower the average age of the squad, but he still has the oldest squad in the Premier League.
The manager said: “Of course we had a philosophy to lower the average age of the side – but you have to be happy with what you’ve got and younger players have to play better than those in the team.”