Morecambe have signed defender Mark Hughes, a free agent after his departure from Bury.

The 26-year-old centre-back has joined the Shrimps on a two-year deal and is expected to make his debut in a friendly with Burnley on Tuesday evening.

Manager Jim Bentley will make Hughes his new captain, pinpointing the importance of his leadership qualities.

"Mark is a player I have always kept an eye on and I delighted that he has signed for us," he told the club's official website.

"He has a lot of qualities and is a great talker as well as a good defender and will be an excellent captain for us."