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Bohemians have announced the re-signing of full back Dylan Hayes.
The 21-year-old has spent the past two seasons at Dalymount Park since signing from Athlone Town as one of manager Keith Long's first signings for the club.
Hayes had made a total of 27 appearances during his two years as he's competed for the right-back slot with captain Derek Pender.
Hayes initially played with Kilmacanogue based Glencormac United before switching to St. Joseph’s Boys. Capped by the Republic of Ireland at schoolboys’ international level, Hayes was signed by Derby County in 2011.
After completing his original two-year contract, Hayes was rewarded with a one year extension by then Rams’ boss Nigel Clough but he never appeared for the midlands side at senior level.
During his stint in England, Hayes was one of a large Irish contingent at the Pride Park Stadium. His team mates included Adam Wixted (now with Drogheda), Ryan Connolly (Galway United), Graham Kelly (St. Patrick’s Athletic) and Shelbourne’s Jack Tuite.
Hayes travelled to the 2014 Championship play-off at Wembley in which Derby lost out to a late goal by QPR’s Bobby Zamora. However, three days after that loss he was released by former England head coach Steve McLaren.
Following his return to Ireland, Hayes appeared for Athlone Town in a mid-season friendly against Dundee United before signing a permanent deal.
He was involved in nine of Athlone’s last 12 matches of the 2014 season, which ultimately ended in relegation from the top tier.
Hayes played for Bray Wanderers during pre-season matches but did not sign for the Co. Wicklow side, and could make his first appearances of the season against the Seagulls on Friday.