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Paul Hayes departs by ‘mutual consent’
Fri Sep 8, 2017 13:15

Paul Hayes departs by ‘mutual consent’

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Striker Paul Hayes departed the Club by ‘mutual consent’ on Tuesday 29th August. The shock news was announced shortly after Wanderers’ 5-1 home defeat to Bristol Rovers in the Football League Trophy.

Originally joining Wycombe on loan from Charlton Athletic in 2012, he returned to Adams Park on a permanent deal in May 2014 having spent time with Brentford and Scunthorpe United in the intervening years.

His final record with Wanderers was played 126 – scoring 15 times. His two goals against Spurs in the FA Cup 4th Round tie at White Hart Lane in January 2017 will go down in Wycombe folklore.

Commenting on the decision to let Hayes go, Gareth Ainsworth said:

“Paul has been an outstanding professional throughout his time here and I’ll remember him as being one of my best ever signings as a manager.

“’Hayesy’ took on the mantle as Captain and played a huge role in us reaching the play-off final, and achieving a bigger points tally than any other Wycombe team in the Football League.

“He’s given absolutely everything to the cause on and off the pitch. His presence in the changing room – as one of the ‘generals’ in the squad – can’t be underestimated and he has been everything you could ask for as a Captain.

“I’d like to say the biggest thank you to ‘Hayesy’ for everything he’s done for the club, as my Captain and as a fantastic player over the last three years, and wish him every success for the future.”

Meanwhile, Paul Hayes also reflected on his time with Wanderers:

“The club has meant a lot to me and I’ve worn the badge with pride."

"Being Captain has been a tremendous honour, so it’s hard for me to leave, but that’s football and these things happen so you roll with it. It’s been an absolute pleasure to play for Wycombe.

“Sometimes as a player you don’t develop an affection for a club and it’s not very often you get it at two clubs, but for me, I had it with Scunthorpe being my first club, and I now believe I’ve got two clubs. Wycombe is my club, and I’d like to say thank you to the fans for all of their support, through the good times and bad.

"It’s been a rollercoaster but they’ve been fantastic for me, accepted me as their captain, spurred me on and I’ve tried to give everything I could. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me and for giving me such a great three years.”

“The world’s your oyster – there’s a fantastic setup here with the training ground and some great young players coming through who are willing to learn and knuckle down,” he said. “There’s also the older lads who are excellent professionals, and the manager and coaching staff know their stuff and tactically understand every club and how to play against them.

“The club has come a long way in three years in terms of its facilities and finances, and it’s grown massively as a club. I think the league is a little weaker than last year so anything is possible, but if you don’t put the hard work in then you don’t get rewards.

"I think the club can reach the play-offs and go up this year and I really hope they do – I’ll be looking out for every result because I’ve made a lot of good friends here and I want to see them climb the table and do well.”

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