Cottagers' manager insists there’s more to come from hitman
The 29-year-old decided to pledge his long term future to the London club despite being linked with a move away from the Cottagers this summer.
Hughes is relieved to have hung on to the impressive forward and admits Zamora is an integral player in the team.
"Bobby's a good player and I've been really impressed with what I've seen," Hughes said according to skysports.com.
"Maybe I underestimated his ability like many other people have.
"But having worked with him on a daily basis I've been very impressed with the way he brings team-mates into the game.
"He's a big lad who can look after himself, which is important, and when he's in full flow he's difficult to stop.
Hughes also went on to pay tribute to Zamora's character and believes the England man is at his peak.
"He's a big part of our focus as an attacking team. I like his personality and he's very popular.
"There's more to come from him. He's 29 and that's when strikers reach their best.
"They mature and understand how they can be effective in games, which only comes from experience,” Hughes added.
"We think we'll get his best years and that's why we've signed him until 2014.
"To get him signed up again is a feather in our cap. He's happy here and is happy with the environment.
"There was interest from other clubs in Bobby because he's a good player, but he was never going to leave."