Hughes was appointed as Tony Pulis' replacement last month, with the former Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and QPR manager tasked with helping his new club achieve a top-10 Premier League finish.

Crouch scored seven goals in 34 league appearances for Stoke last season and he is keen to work with Hughes.

Whether Crouch is as much of a regular under Hughes as he was with Pulis remains to be seen, with Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome set to provide stiff competition.

And for that reason, Crouch did not rule out a move elsewhere if he is not in Hughes' first-team plans.

"I've never really had a lot of contact with Mark Hughes, but I'm really looking forward to it," Crouch told Absolute Radio.

"Mark was an awesome player and I remember watching him at Chelsea. I'm really looking forward to working with him."

When quizzed about a potential departure, Crouch added: "I've got two years on my contract, but you never know. With my history, you just don't know."