WINGER Jonny Hayes has signed a one-year contract extension at Pittodrie, much to the delight of the Aberdeen fans.
The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who was the subject of two bids from Cardiff City last month, has agreed to extend his Pittodrie deal until 2019.
Hayes said: “I was more than happy to sign again and I have appreciated every minute that I have been here.
“I am still enjoying it, as well, and working with the manager.
“When I signed the last extension, I always said that as long as Derek McInnes was here, I would be happy to stay and I think that is the same with a lot of the boys.”
Hayes spent three years with Inverness Caley Thistle before moving to Aberdeen in 2012 and has made more than 150 appearences for the club.
Niall McGinn, Ryan Jack, Ash Taylor, Peter Pawlett and Andy Considine are all out of contract at the Dons this summer, while Graeme Shinnie has extended his deal with the club.
McInnes is being mentioned in rumours in Glasgow as being the manager most likely to take over from under pressure Mark Warburton at Ibrox.
A cup defeat to Morton at the weekend could make the former City trader’s position at Rangers untenable and that could mean McInnes having a major career decision to make himself.
For the moment though, he’s happy to have secured his talisman for another season at least at Aberdeen.