Hayes on his way out

By Giles Broadbent on August 20, 2012 1:59 PM |


Paul Hayes has signed for Brentford on a free transfer, Charlton have confirmed. The striker was one of Chris Powell's first recruits last summer, when he reshaped the Addicks squad.

Hayes was a regular following his arrival and started in the side's first 11 league matches, scoring three goals in that time.

However, the impact made by Yann Kermorgant following his arrival forced the hand of the Powell, who soon began to play the Frenchman up front alongside Bradley Wright-Phillips.

The pair quickly gelled into one of the division's leading partnerships and meant Hayes was consigned to a spot on the substitutes' bench.

Powell further reinforced his forward line in the January transfer window, swapping Paul Benson for Leon Clarke, and also snapping up Danny Haynes from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee. The arrivals meant Hayes fell further down the pecking order.

Wycombe Wanderers came calling for his services on loan in February and Hayes scored six goals in as many matches.

Powell cut short the forward's spell at Adams Park, and started him up front at Huddersfield Town barely 24 hours later.

Hayes played 81 minutes of the 1-0 defeat at Galpharm Stadium and only featured once more for the Addicks after that day.