Nelsen was signed for Blackburn by Hughes and he made over 200 appearances through the 2004/05 season.
Nelsen told Fairfax, “I owe him pretty much everything. He gave me my chance (at Blackburn in 2005), That was a big factor. I know Mark and his staff really well, and they all really helped me when I was first over here in England, so it’s nice to go full circle towards the end of my career. Hopefully, I can still help them out.“