Hayes back to finish what he started

Paul Hayes during his last spell at Wanderers in 2012

Paul Hayes during his last spell at Wanderers in 2012

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PAUL Hayes said he has unfinished business at Adams Park after the shambolic way he was forced to leave Wanderers first time around.

The striker's six goals in six games gave Blues an upturn in fortune and with it renewed hope of avoiding relegation from League One back in 2012.

His then parent club Charlton Athletic recalled him early from his loan spell and without Hayes leading the line Wanderers couldn't sustain their improved form and took the drop.

Meanwhile Hayes wasn't able to force his way back into the team at The Valley and was released at the end of the season.

He's now back with Wanderers after spells with Brentford, Crawley, Plymouth and another of his former clubs Scunthorpe, who he helped to League Two promotion last season.

And he said: "I was left with the opinion if the opportunity was there, I'd love to come back and I'd grab it with both hands. I do feel I've got unfinished business. I'm not on loan, I'm committed, I really want to do well for Wycombe and want the club to do well.

"The manager's turned things around. We can really start to do well and bring the good times back."

The 30-year-old said: "It was a shame I had to go back to Charlton. I felt I was doing well and the club was benefiting from it as much as I was, by getting myself fit.

"It was a lose/lose situation for me and the club. There were five games left of the season, Charlton called me back to play one game and I was back where I was.

"It was disappointing for me to take as much as it was for Wycombe. It was a shambles the way it happened. Wycombe got relegated and I felt there was nothing I could do about it."

Hayes has been handed the number nine shirt and is the man Blues fans have pinned their hopes on for goals this season - but he's not feeling under any extra pressure to perform.

He said: "I put pressure on myself. Ask my wife and kids - I'm a nightmare on a Sunday after a game I haven't done well in or got a bad result.

"Being given the number nine shirt is a privilege - as a striker you want to have the number nine shirt. If you're old school you think 'number nine, you're the striker, you'll score the goals'. I want to do that for Wycombe."

His likely strike partner this season, Matt McClure, was on the fringes of the first team squad when Hayes was last at Wanderers, and he's been impressed by the youngster's progress since last seeing him.

Hayes said: "In training the first thing I saw was he was a goalscorer.

"He's a good finisher, has a great attitude and has got other attributes. If he brings that to this season, we are going to have a player on our hands.

"In training in pre season he's done well, kept himself fit. He's coming in early, doing his work and staying late. He's very focused."

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