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Sunday 17 December 2017

Hayes explains transfer gaffe

FORMER Ireland U21 cap Jonathan Hayes today completed his move from Inverness Caledonian Thistle to SPL rivals Aberdeen, but the Dubliner has apologised to his former club over the way the deal was made public.

Aberdeen have unveiled Hayes as a major summer signing after the player turned down the offer of a new contract from Inverness.

But he was frustrated that Aberdeen went public on the deal before he'd informed Inverness boss Terry Butcher of his decision.

"It has taken so long because of me.

"I was lackadaisical by going out of the country without my mobile phone and I was only back for a day or two before I went on holiday," says Hayes.

"I told my agent I was happy to put my trust in him and he could take care of everything.

"But the first I knew of an announcement being made was when I read it online.

"I was confused and I felt it was disrespectful to talk about joining another club without first speaking to Terry Butcher at Inverness."

A DROGHEDA United player is facing a possible two-year ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

The unnamed player was tested after Drogheda's league game with Bohemians in May. It's believed the banned substance was contained in a sports drink but the player could still be hit with a lengthy ban.

"The player was provisionally suspended," the FAI said in a statement. "The matter is being dealt with by the Irish Sports Council's anti-doping disciplinary panel and we will not be making any further comment."

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