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It would appear that the Brentford chapter of Paul Hayes’ career is finally over after the club announced the player’s contract has been cancelled after reaching a settlement. The former Charlton striker was clearly not part of Uwe Rosler’s future plans and had been sent out on loan to both Crawley Town and Plymouth Argyle in the past year.

Hayes had scored six times in 33 games for the Bees and had found the net several times in pre-season training but, with various rumours doing the rounds regarding training ground bust-ups and certain dietary accusations, it had become clear a resolution to the problems had to be found for all concerned. Paul was very popular with the players and nobody likes to see potential useful squad members languishing in situations that had become so negative.

Hayes was thought to be one of the club’s higher earners and, with another 18 months to run on his contract, his departure would no doubt have meant a fairly sizable cheque being written… Good job its FA Cup Third Round draw weekend… our tie at Old Trafford in Round Four may just about cover it.

Dave Lane