Gareth Ainsworth has secured his first signing of the summer, and it’s one Blues fans will love as Paul Hayes agrees to make a return to the club on a two-year contract.
The striker scored six times in as many games during a memorable loan spell at Adams Park in 2012, quickly establishing himself as a fans’ favourite, and has now agreed a permanent deal to lead Ainsworth’s frontline for the 2014/15 campaign.
Hayes, 30, won a League 2 promotion medal with Scunthorpe United last season after joining them from Brentford just before Christmas, having previously played for Charlton Athletic, Preston North End, Barnsley and Norwich City, where he started his career.
Ainsworth said: "He's played at a higher level than this and when he came here the first time he really opened my eyes to what a good player he is. He's clever, he leads the line really well but he can also come off the line and link the play.
"It sends out a statement that we're trying to build the squad the right way and I'm very pleased to have him."
Hayes’ time on loan with the Chairboys got off to the best possible start as he opened the scoring against Hartlepool United inside just five minutes, collecting the ball on the halfway line and waltzing past a number of defenders before slotting home.
He finished the game with a brace in a 5-0 win and added further goals against Leyton Orient, Bury and Exeter City (two), forming a lethal partnership with Stuart Beavon which produced 13 goals between them before Hayes was recalled by his parent club Charlton Athletic.
The striker featured against the Blues in March as a second-half substitute for Scunthorpe, having been signed by new manager Russell Wilcox to play his part in the Iron’s 28-match unbeaten run on their way to promotion.
Watch out for a full interview with Gareth Ainsworth on Chairboys Player later this evening.