Graham Hughes was born in Lameroo in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia, and grew up on a farm at the nearby town of Geranium. He travelled to Adelaide to finish his schooling at Pembroke College.
In 1978 Hughes played 13 games for the Norwood under 19's and nine for the Reserves. The following season he again played for the under 19s (6 games) and the Reserves (9 games).
He made his league debut in round 8, 1980. That was to be his only senior appearance for the year, despite having a very good season in the Reserves,
where he played 21 games and was named best and fairest.
A small defender or wingman, Hughes attacked the ball strongly and played solid football.
In 1981 he became a regular in the senior side and played 23 league games. His good form continued in 1982 (15 games), but only managed one league game in 1983.
Hughes was coached by Neil Balme and Reserves' coaches John Turnbull and Glen Rosser, and played in an era when the Redlegs were strong in the small man department.
He finished his career at The Parade having played 40 league games and 62 Reserves.
In 1985 he made five league appearances for Sturt.
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