Hayes completes move to Preston

10 May 2010 02:43
Preston manager Darren Ferguson has completed his first deal of the summer by signing Scunthorpe United striker Paul Hayes on a three year contract.The 26-year-old, whose 13 goals were crucial in helping Scunthorpe maintain their Championship status, was recently named the club's player of the year. [LNB]Ferguson told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We're delighted to get Paul on board. [LNB]"We've done it pretty quick which is the best way to do business and he'll be a great free transfer." [LNB]Hayes missed only one league match all season, and Ferguson said: "The lad knows the Championship. He struck up a good partnership with (Gary) Hooper last year and before that Billy Sharp.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "So we're really pleased to get him on board. He can play two or three different positions. He's a very intelligent player, he can get you a goal and also create things." [LNB]However Ferguson is not confident young Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, who made eight appearances for Preston on loan last season before returning to Old Trafford with a knee injury, will agree to another loan deal at Deepdale. [LNB]After releasing two first team players and transfer listing a further eight following the clubs seventeenth place in the championship, Ferguson has also confirmed that the club have cancelled the contract of Macedonian midfielder Velice Shumulikoski.

Source: BBC_Sport