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‘WHY I AGREED NEW DONS CONTRACT,’ HAYES

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JONNY HAYES has revealed boss Derek McInnes was the main reason he committed his future to Aberdeen.

The Irish winger extended his contract with the Pittodrie outfit until 2019 – after the club had knocked back a £600,000 offer from Championship side Cardiff in the January transfer window.

Hayes insisted money was not his major motivation and the chance to repay the faith McInnes has shown him was the single driving factor.

The pacy attacker said: “The manager is good to the boys and there is a bit of loyalty in return.

“He broke precedent a few years ago when he handed out two or three-year contracts when other clubs were downsizing. 

“He deserves that bit of loyalty with us staying and the manager has always said to me he has an agenda as to what he wants to do at Aberdeen.

“When I spoke to him before I signed the last time, I asked him how long he was staying. He said he had another contract for a couple of years and he fully intends to see it out.

“I said: ‘If you are staying, then I am staying’. A lot of players are like that and he is one of the reasons why I have signed for the club.

“Also, I am not really one for moving next door for an extra pound. I am quite happy in Aberdeen.”

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