Aaron Hughes has revealed his frustration over his lack of game time with Albion.

The veteran centre-half made only seven Championship starts this season after arriving on a free transfer from QPR as Matt Upson’s replacement.

Hughes played 13 times in total, only once after Chris Hughton took charge on New Year’s Eve.

Released by Albion at the end of the campaign, the Northern Ireland record-breaker wants to be more involved at his next club.

Hughes, 35, said: “The move has to be right for me. I’m getting to the back-end of my career now so I’d like to go somewhere I will probably play a few more games than I have this year.

“At this stage of my career I don’t want to be sitting watching games tick past. I want to play football, it’s what I train every day to do.

“It has to be somewhere I’ve got a chance of playing. You can never walk in somewhere and expect to play every game, your performances and fitness have to be good, but I’m looking for somewhere with a realistic chance.

“It’s about staying in contention for Northern Ireland but also for my own enjoyment too.”

Hughes wants a bigger role than he played at Albion to keep his Euro 2016 dream alive with Northern Ireland, who are currently second in their qualifying group and on course for their first major tournament in 30 years.

His 96th appearance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Qatar at Crewe took him past David Healy as his country’s most capped outfield player.

The former Newcastle, Aston Villa and Fulham defender, now 23 games behind Pat Jennings, will not add to his tally if he features in tomorrow’s non-capping friendly behind closed doors against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.