For the 2010 player see Daniel Hughes
DOB: 4 December 1963
Debut: Round 1, 1984 against Collingwood at Victoria Park
Last MFC Game: Round 20, 1990 against West Coast at Subiaco
From: Ramblers/Port Adelaide, Selection #13 1981 VFL Draft
Number: 10 1984-1990
Grand Final team - 1988
Best and Fairest - 1985
All-Australian - 1988
South Australian state player - 1986, 1988, 1989
Reserves Premiership player - 1984
Games: 124 (135 total)
Goals: 23 (24 total)
Originally signed as Melbourne's second pick from the first VFL Draft after playing in an SANFL premiership with Port Adelaide, the rugged defender crossed from the SANFL at the start of 1984 and won a Best and Fairest the next year. He was often called on to play in other positions, including the ruck, ruck-rover and as a centreman.
Hughes had an ongoing rivalry with Collingwood's Brian Taylor which stretched across several seasons. Hughes captained the 1987 Night Grand Final side in the absence of Robert Flower who was out with a broken finger.
He served as Vice-Captain in 1988 and 1989 but returned to Adelaide to join the Adelaide Crows for their inaugural season in the AFL. He retired from AFL football at the end of that year and rejoined Port Adelaide in the SANFL where he played until the end of 1993 before coaching Redcliffs. In 1998 he joined Mildura as coach and remained with them through 2000.
|Round 15, 1982||Knocking to ground after marking||Not Guilty|
|Round 7, 1988||Striking||2 matches|
|Round 17, 1988||Striking||4 matches|
Sun - 19/03/1984
Age - 02/04/1987