Dubliner Jonny Hayes has re-joined Aberdeen on a two-year deal after he confirmed his departure from Celtic Park earlier this month.
The Irish international made 207 appearances for the Dons during his first stint at the club, also winning the League Cup with the club in 2014.
Hayes has also taken ‘a significant financial sacrifice’ to return to Pittodrie – and he is excited to make his return as an Aberdeen player once more.
“It is exciting to be an Aberdeen player again,” Hayes told the club’s media team. “The Club has made real progress since I have been away, particularly with the building of Cormack Park which looks brilliant.
“It was a major attraction in returning and as soon as the manager phoned and said Aberdeen were interested it was always my preferred choice.
“We were then able to come to an agreement to make the deal happen which was suitable for all parties. I appreciate it is a tough time for the Club given the current climate with COVID-19, but everyone wanted to make it happen.
“I was more than happy to play my part by foregoing some financial gain and I am just thankful it was concluded positively.
“I want to come back and win some winners medals. I think everyone associated with Aberdeen deserves it.
“There have been a few near misses with some of the recent Finals, but it would be very nice to come back and win some trophies.”
And manager Derek McInnes added: “Jonny’s determination and willingness to return here is illustrated by his generous gesture to make it happen.
“He has never hidden his love for Aberdeen, and indeed I know his family enjoyed living in the North East, so it is no surprise to me that he was prepared to make a financial sacrifice in order to return.”
Jonny has been talking to RedTV about his return to Pittodrie and the influence of the manager on his decision to return north— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) June 23, 2020