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New recruit at Truro City

By Sharon Sullivan 2nd October 2020

New recruit at Truro City
ruro City have announced the signing of striker Kieran Hayes following his departure from Nottingham Forest

Truro City’s latest signing says there is ‘no doubt’ that promotion is the aim in his time at the club.

Kieran Hayes, who was actually on loan at Truro last season, but only played one game, has returned to Treyew Road following his release from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

The 21-year-old striker becomes the latest addition by manager Paul Wotton, his announcement coming just five days after AFC Wimbledon defender, Reuben Collins, was confirmed.

Hayes appeared for the White Tigers on Saturday, coming off the bench in a 4-0 win over Hendon, and plans to kick on in a part of his life that he hopes can benefit all parties involved.

When asked by the Voice about what drew him back to the Duchy, the youngster said: “I was here around February and the club looked after me well. Coming down from Forest, it wasn’t ideal logistically, but Truro sorted everything for me.

“Although I was only here for a game, the impression they left on me, as well as the impression I got of my teammates and the manager, was important to me. I had been with at Forest for 12 years and I had been with the under-23s for a long time, so the next step for me was to play first team football against men every week.

“When I heard that Truro were willing to give me the opportunity, and that I could come here, play and gain the experience, it was something that I wanted to do.

“You wouldn’t be playing football if you weren’t trying to go out and get results every week. There’s no doubt that the aim for this year is to earn promotion by playing well and winning games in the league.”

Hayes is not the only Forest representative to pull on the Truro jersey as of late. Academy teammate Will Swan was a standout performer at Treyew Road last season, netting nine goals in nine games for City, and was recalled back to the Championship club where he has since become a part of the senior squad.

Meanwhile, part of the appeal of joining Truro again was to work under Wotton, Hayes explained. The former Plymouth Argyle captain has plenty of teachings he can dole out to his charges, and Hayes hopes to garner all he can.

“With someone who has played the amount that he has in the Championship and in the leagues, you always want to take the time to talk to them and hear their experiences,” he explained.

“I was fortunate at Forest to work under some coaches who had played in the league many times and you always want to work with someone who has been there and done that, so Wottsy is no different.”

Wotton, meanwhile, is just as excited to work with Hayes again, as he told the Voice: “His quality is undoubted.

“Kieran has had a bit of a fragmented pre-season, he’s played a game for us, for a couple of other teams, and he hasn’t really had any settled training.

“He’ll go onto a fitness plan now from out strength and conditioning coach to get him up to speed with the lads.”

By Sharon Sullivan 2nd October 2020

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