Port Vale: Striker Lee Hughes sets sights on League One return
LEE Hughes says completing Port Vale's promotion mission would justify his decision to join the club.
The 36-year-old striker dropped down into the basement division after leaving League One Notts County for the Valiants in the January transfer window.
Hughes, who initially signed until the end of the season, will trigger a new 12-month contract if Vale go up.
He has scored four goals in six appearances to keep second-placed Valiants in the thick of the promotion race.
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And Hughes said he was prepared to switch to Burslem after hearing the long-term vision of chairman Paul Wildes and chief executive Norman Smurthwaite.
"I've enjoyed it since I've been here and I'd love to stay beyond the end of the season," he said.
"I really want to play in League One again.
"The only reason I agreed to drop down a division in the first place was because the club is going places.
"I talked to the chairman and he told me his plans and vision for the club, and I wanted to be part of that."
Hughes, who played in League One with both Notts and Oldham, says Vale could be competitive if they make the step up.
"Some players can adapt to it and others can't. I hope we'll soon get the chance to find out," he added.
"There are the top five or six, who are often in a different category to the others, and there will be some decent sides coming down from the Championship.
"But there's often not much difference between teams in the bottom half and I'm sure we would be fine."
And ahead of Saturday's trip to Torquay, Hughes believes Vale are in good shape to achieve their objective.
He said: "We've got enough quality and experience in this squad. If we're on our game, there should be no team that beats us in this league."