Meanwhile, the club will begin life in the second tier without Butt, who is set for an operation on the hand that he broke at Neasham Road on Saturday.
"It’s a blow – a big blow," Hughton admitted.
"Not only he is a fabulous player, he doesn’t miss many games and he’s an excellent personality to have around the dressing room.
"Of course, he will still be around but he’s the kind of player that you want out there on the pitch. We haven’t really had any injuries in pre-season and it was fairly innocuous, so it is disappointing."
Despite that, he won’t be looking to bring any new players in. "At the moment I’m not thinking like that. At this moment, this is the group of lads we’ve got," he said.
"If you told whoever starts the season as manager that they had these lads, they’d be happy with this squad."
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