REVEALED: Jonny Hayes agreed to defer his wages for the whole first 12 months of two-year deal with a view to push by his return to Aberdeen
- Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes hailed an ‘unbelievable’ gesture by Jonny Hayes
- Irishman agreed to play for nothing subsequent season to push by his return
- Hayes was so eager to return to Pittodrie that he has agreed to defer his wages
Derek McInnes hailed an ‘unbelievable’ gesture by Jonny Hayes after the Irishman agreed to play for nothing subsequent season to push by his return to Aberdeen.
Newly-promoted Dundee United and English Championship facet Reading each needed to signal the skilled winger after he left Celtic final month on the finish of his three-year deal.
However, 32-year-old Hayes was so eager to return to Pittodrie that he has agreed to defer his wages for the whole first 12 months of his two-year deal.
Jonny Hayes agreed to play for nothing subsequent season to push by his return to Aberdeen
With Aberdeen going through a £10million discount in income as a consequence of the coronavirus shutdown and the prospect of enjoying behind closed doorways when the brand new season begins on August 1, McInnes was thrilled by the Dubliner’s supply which allowed the Dons supervisor so as to add appreciable high quality to his squad.
‘This deal would not have gotten achieved with out Jonny making the sacrifice he is made,’ he stated.
‘Footballers get a foul rap at instances however what he is achieved is unbelievable.
‘Both Jonny and his agent deserve a variety of reward for getting it over the road. He’s deferred his full wages for the entire 12 months.
‘It would not have gone by with out that, however as soon as we established it might be achieved then it was plain crusing with him.
‘With the affect of what is occurred (with coronavirus) we would not have been in a position to do something due to the large monetary gap we now have.
Aberdeen supervisor Derek McInnes hailed an ‘unbelievable’ gesture by the skilled winger
‘We are effectively conscious of the restraints we’re below for the time being. The monetary stress we’re below was all the time going to make this signing more durable.
‘Jonny had alternatives to go elsewhere and check out one thing new, however I understand how a lot he likes it right here and he needed to return again.
‘Under the present circumstances, we’ll be working with the squad we have got till issues change.’
Both Dundee United and English Championship facet Reading needed to signal Hayes
Hayes lifted the League Cup with Aberdeen in 2014 earlier than heading to the east finish of Glasgow the place he received six trophies with Celtic.
McInnes believes he’s getting a fair higher participant than the one who departed for Parkhead in 2017.
He stated: ‘I’ve saved in contact with Jonny repeatedly since he left the membership. He was very influential first time round for me and I nonetheless see the identical velocity, the identical means there.
‘Hopefully the expertise he is had at Celtic, profitable trophies, may have made him a fair higher participant.
‘We have seen how influential he might be, the velocity he delivered to his performances final season.
But Hayes was so eager to return to Pittodrie that he has agreed to defer his wages for a 12 months
‘He’s the sort of particular person you need at your membership and I believe he is an excellent signing for us.
‘There is all the time a component of threat while you signal gamers of their thirties, but it surely’s minimised by the very fact we all know him.’
Former Republic of Ireland cap Hayes hopes to win recent silverware with McInnes’ facet.
He stated: ‘I need to come again to Pittodrie and get some winners’ medals. I believe that everybody related to Aberdeen deserves that.
‘I used to be more than pleased to play my half by foregoing some monetary achieve and I’m simply grateful that it was concluded positively.’