Shinn pleased with Hayden's return
His recent club-hopping may have raised a few eyebrows, but manager Michael Shinn is keen to see Matt Hayden now ‘set down some roots’ at Newmarket Town after he returned to the Bloorie.com Stadium earlier this week.
The striker started the season in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North with Lakenheath, scoring eight times in as many appearances.
He jumped up a level with Ely City last Thursday, but after making his debut for the Robins on Saturday, he informed boss Brady Stone that he could not commit to the club due to travelling time.
And to round off a hectic period of uncertainty, Hayden completed a switch back to the Jockeys on Monday – the side he last represented during the 2016/17 season.
Shinn had tried to sign Hayden on a couple of occasions in previous jobs, and he is pleased to have finally landed his man.
“I have played against Matt a few times and the centre-backs I played with always said how much of a handful he was,” said the Newmarket player-boss.
“He will fit us perfectly, on and off the pitch, and hopefully he will set down some roots now.
“He plays on the edge, and there are times when you do not know what he is going to do, which makes him unpredictable for defenders.
“He holds the ball up, brings others into the play, and the main thing is he scores goals.
“I felt we were missing a couple of things in recent weeks but with signing Casey (Phillips), Callum (Harrison) and now Matt, we have good options all over the pitch.”
Hayden, who scored for Newmarket during Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over lower-league Brampton in the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup, will be available for Saturday’s home FA Vase encounter against Deeping Rangers (3pm).
Shinn has picked up a little bit of information about the visitors from Lincolnshire, but he would instead rather focus on his team.
“We have had a bit of everything in our cup games so far this season and hopefully this one is exciting as well,” he added.
“We have got a couple of reports on them, but you cannot read too much into them because they might have just had a bad day or a really good day.
“We will do nothing differently to normal. It is all about us and our performance.
“Our home performances have been generally good and there is always plenty happening. I would pay money to watch us at the moment.
“These are the type of games you want to play in as a player, so hopefully the lads turn up and deliver.”