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Hayes: Thommo will shine at Wycombe

3 July 2015

Paul Hayes says new signing Garry Thompson will put all of his experience to good use after joining the Blues on a two-year deal.

Captain Hayes enjoyed promotion success alongside Thompson at Scunthorpe United in 2009, and the pair have been reunited at Adams Park after the 34-year-old left Notts County in the summer having finished top of their scoring charts with 12 goals in League 1.

Wanderers enjoyed their first day of pre-season training on Thursday and Hayes told Chairboys PlayerHD afterwards that his good friend has plenty to offer:

"Thommo's like me, one of the golden oldies, but he makes me look younger!" he joked. "He's a great lad, and to score 12 goals in the league above says a lot about his character and ability.

"He's very quick, fit and strong, and he can play up front or on the wing, so he's a very good signing who will bring a lot to the table."

The return to training came 40 days after the Chairboys' play-off final at Wembley Stadium and Hayes says he and his team-mates can look back with fond memories at the 2014/15 campaign, despite its painful ending.

"It feels good to be back. It was only a short break but now we're back to work and full focused on the season ahead.

"To lose the final that way was extremely hard and it's still difficult to take, but the more days that pass, we crack on and look forward to the new season.

"Everyone was a part of it last season, not just the players. The attendances were up, the chairman's been running the club very well, the coaching staff and the manager helped us get our best ever points total even after we sold two of our very good players, so we can be very proud of the whole season.

"It would have been the icing on the cake if we'd gone up, but we'll get over it as quickly as we can.

"The core of the team is in place, and to start the season at home will be nice. Hopefully we can go one better this season."

Watch Hayesy's full interview on Chairboys PlayerHD as he discusses the club's other new signings, as well as some departing friends in Steven Craig, Peter Murphy and Alfie Mawson.

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