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|Full name||Jonathan Hayes|
|Date of birth||9 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2006||→ Forest Green Rovers (loan)||4||(1)|
|2007||→ Milton Keynes Dons (loan)||11||(0)|
|2008||→ Northampton Town (loan)||11||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Cheltenham Town (loan)||6||(0)|
|2009–2012||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||85||(23)|
|Republic of Ireland U21||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:58, 25 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Hayes started his career at Reading's Youth Academy, but with first team opportunities being limited, he went on loan to Forest Green Rovers in February 2006 and scored on his début in the FA Trophy against Dorchester Town. He spent a month on loan at Chesterfield in October 2006 without making an appearance, and then joined MK Dons on 10 January 2007 until the end of the 2006–07 season.
On 6 June 2007, he was released by Reading at the end of his contract. He joined Leicester City on a three-year deal on 4 July 2007, making his league debut against Blackpool on 11 August. He got his first start for the club on 1 December, against Southampton on the left wing and showed his speed and determination in an under- performing Leicester side.
On 20 July 2009, Hayes was released from his Leicester contract by mutual consent.
Northampton Town (loan)
On 7 January 2008, Hayes joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season. On 13 October, Hayes joined Cheltenham Town on a trial period, with a view to a loan move, a move which was confirmed on 20 October 2008.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
On 22 July 2009, Hayes joined Scottish First Division side Inverness Caledonian Thistle after a successful trial period. Inverness were promoted to the Scottish Premier League at the end of the 2009–10 season. Hayes was part of the team that guided Inverness to the Challenge Cup final against Dundee. Hayes was involved in setting up both goals for Adam Rooney and Nauris Bulvitis; however, the highlanders lost out to Dundee 3–2 at McDiarmid Park in Perth
Hayes was linked with a move away from Inverness after impressing in his debut season with the club, as his contract was expiring. However, he went on to sign a new two-year deal. On 11 September 2010, he scored the opening goal in an SPL match against Rangers with a stunning long-range strike.
Aberdeen claimed a deal had been struck with Hayes on 30 May. Almost a month later, Hayes finally put pen to paper, signing a two-year contract with the Dons. Hayes went onto make his competitive debut for Aberdeen, in an opening day 1–0 defeat away to SPL champions Celtic. The following weekend, Hayes made his home debut against newly promoted side Ross County in a game which finished 0–0. He scored his first goal in Aberdeen colours in a testimonial for Neil Simpson against Manchester United. The midfielder showed good perseverance, pinching the ball off of Paul Scholes in the penalty box, before beating David de Gea with a composed finish.
Hayes scored his first competitive goal for the Dons' in a 2–1 victory away to St. Johnstone. He pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Alan Mannus and defender Frazer Wright, leaving Hayes with the easy task of firing into the empty net, before celebrating in front of the travelling Aberdeen support. On 15 September, he provided an assist for Cammy Smith to equalise against his old club, Inverness, in the dying minutes. The game finished 1–1.
Hayes agreed a contract extension in November 2013 that would keep him at Aberdeen until the summer of 2016.
In a 4–0 win over St. Johnstone in the League Cup semi-final at Tynecastle, Hayes scored twice to help send the Dons into their first major cup final for 14 years. A poor goal kick by Steve Banks allowed Adam Rooney to square the ball across the six-yard box for Hayes to knock into the net. Clever footwork by the winger late in the second half led to a fine finish just inside the 18-yard box to wrap up the match and send Aberdeen through to the final. On 16 March 2014, Hayes started for Aberdeen in the League Cup Final but early on he suffered a shoulder injury and had to be replaced by Cammy Smith.
On 29 December 2014, it was announced that Hayes had signed a contract extension, keeping him at Aberdeen until summer 2018.
- As of 25 May 2015
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
- A. ^ Other refers to Football League Trophy, Scottish Challenge Cup and UEFA Europa League. Also includes 2 Scottish Challenge Cup matches in 2009–10 not listed on Soccerbase.
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- Campbell, Andy (16 March 2014). "Aberdeen 0–0 Inverness CT". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Aberdeen 5–0 FK Daugava Riga". BBC Sport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Dons duo commit their futures". Aberdeen FC. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
Jonny Hayes has committed his long term future to the club, signing a contract extension which will see him remain with the Dons until summer 2018.