Former West Brom striker Lee Hughes is close to completing a deal with Oldham Athletic from his prison cell. The 31-year-old has been in jail since 2004 when he was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. The Â£5 million striker fled the scene after crashing his Â£100,000 Mercedes into another car while driving on the wrong side of the road. It is rumoured Hughes will be released from prison this summer three years into his six-year sentence, and Oldham are preparing to pounce.
Director Barry Owen said: “Lee deserves a second chance and we consider this a top-class signing. Oldham Athletic does not condone what happened and we are very sympathetic towards the family of the victim. However, Lee Hughes is now nearing the end of his sentence and he has paid the price for what occurred.
Owen added: “The player is training very hard and is exceptionally fit. Bearing in mind his past footballing achievements, I hope this will turn out to be one of our best signings for many years.” Should Hughes be allowed to get on with his career or does he not deserve a new club?