The manager believes preparations for the new campaign could not have gone any better and is particularly impressed with the former England international
The former Manchester City man has scored three goals ahead of the new season, including a stunning late equaliser against Trabzonspor to secure a 1-1 draw, much to the delight of his manager.
"Shaun is playing really well and we are all pleased for him,” Hughes told the club’s official website.
"Last year he was lacking a bit of confidence and in the end he was perhaps trying too hard, which compromised him.
“Now he looks very much the player everyone knows he can be."
QPR have had a busy summer in the transfer market, bringing in Ryan Nelsen, Robert Green, Andrew Johnson, Park Ji-Sung, Junior Hoilett, Samba Diakite and Fabio Da Silva.
They kick off the new season at home to Swansea City and Hughes is beginning to get an idea of how his new squad will look.
"The team is starting to take shape in my own mind,” he added.
"I am pleased with how pre-season has gone up to this point. In fairness, it couldn't have gone any better. But we are still building and still looking at options."