Jonny Hayes Departs the Dons

06 June 2024
Author AFC Media Team

Jonny Hayes has now officially called time on his career with the Dons.

A bona fide AFC legend, Jonny has played over 350 times for the Reds across two spells in 2012-17 and 2020-24. That total across nine years has him 16th in the Club’s all-time leading appearance holder list, and he leaves with the love and respect of the Dons support after a brilliant career.

The influential winger was also a proud supporter and ambassador for AFC Community Trust, using his position at the Club to become a role model for many youngsters who work with the Trust through its education and employability programming, as well as engaging in football and other activities.

The Club had offered the former Republic of Ireland international a senior full-time position within the Youth Academy however, he has opted to pursue senior coaching opportunities at professional level elsewhere.

Director of Football, Steven Gunn said: “There is no doubt Jonny has made a significant impact during his time with the Club and he can be extremely proud of his contribution to Aberdeen FC.

“An integral part of the 2014 League Cup winning squad, Jonny led the way on the pitch and in the dressing room in terms of his professionalism during both his spells at the Club. His recent achievements with the U16’s squad mark the beginning of a new chapter for him in a coaching capacity.

“Whilst we were keen for Jonny to remain at Pittodrie we respect his decision and wish him and his family both personal and professional success in the future. They will always be welcome at Pittodrie.”

Having spent a considerable amount of time in the North-east and having been part of many memorable moments across the years, Jonny has mixed emotions about leaving the Club.

“It’s been a privilege to represent this fantastic Club”, said Jonny.

“I’ve been fortunate to have played in many important games, and of course, play my part in delivering a trophy for the fans, who have supported me incredibly throughout the years. I’ve always given my best, both on and off the field, and tried to uphold the values of Aberdeen FC.

“I also need to thank the Club for giving me the opportunity to begin my coaching journey within the Youth Academy. The experience has been hugely rewarding seeing the progress, development and success of the Academy as a whole over the last few years. Although development is always a priority, being involved with the Under 16’s winning their CAS League last year, along with the current Under 16’s delivering success in the league and cup this year, demonstrates there is some top talent coming through to compliment the successful Under 18’s squad.

“The future is bright for the Club and although I won’t be playing at Pittodrie anymore, I’ll always be a supporter of the Club and City and I wish everyone associated with AFC all the very best going forward.”

Discussions regarding out of contract players are ongoing and the Club will issue a further update in due course.