Known for his versatility, Carl McHugh can ply his trade from anywhere in the midfield, apart from occasionally playing as a defender as well.
In 2019-20 when he first arrived at Indian shores as part of ATK FC’s squad, McHugh started in all of their first six games of the season, before an injury ruled him out of action for the remainder of the season. ATK, meanwhile, went on to win the ISL trophy. He then returned to the league the following year, to join newly-formed ATK Mohun Bagan FC (now known as Mohun Bagan Super Giant). In the three seasons since, McHugh made 60 appearances for them in the ISL, leading them to the playoffs on all three occasions.
The recently concluded 2022-23 season saw the 30-year-old lift the ISL trophy for the second time in his career. He made a total of 21 appearances across the whole campaign, registering three goals and an assist.
A former Republic of Ireland junior international, Carl McHugh has also played for Reading, Dundalk, Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle and Motherwell FC. Overall, he has made over 337 appearances in his club career, notching 20 goals along with providing 12 assists.