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Striker Hayes joins Preston after leaving Scunthorpe

Paul Hayes
Paul Hayes had three successful seasons at Scunthorpe

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.

Ferguson told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We're delighted to get Paul on board.

"We've done it pretty quick which is the best way to do business and he'll be a great free transfer."

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.

"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."

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.

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.

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