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Scott’s af­fil­i­a­tion with Hayes be­gan in 2003 and is still loved by the fans af­ter his 25 goals in the 2008-2009 sea­son fired the club to pro­mo­tion into the Con­fer­ence Premier.

His form earned him a move to League Two side Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge that sum­mer and, af­ter six years away, he re­turns as United’s all-time lead­ing goalscorer.

“I’m re­ally happy to be back here – some­where that I know,” said Scott af­ter mak­ing his come­back in Satur­day’s goal­less stale­mate with Weald­stone.

“It was great when Tris­tan [Lewis] told me he wanted me. He’s a knowl­edge­able guy so it’s great to be work­ing un­der him.”

Scott had a dream first sea­son at the Dag­gers as the east Lon­don club gained pro­mo­tion into League One.

His high­light came in the play-off semi-fi­nal against More­cambe, where he be­came the only player to score four goals in a Football League play-off fix­ture.

De­spite the early suc­cess, a se­ries of in­juries cur­tailed Scott’s progress.

“I had a lot of things go wrong,” re­calls Scott.

“Af­ter the pro­mo­tion, I prob­a­bly could have worked a bit harder. And then I got in­jured. I was also se­ri­ously ill with blood clots and was out for six months.

“When I came back I had a se­ri­ous knee in­jury and then I went to Alder­shot and broke my foot when I was do­ing well, so it’s been very stop start for the past four years.”

Notwith­stand­ing the set­backs, Scott has been a proven goalscorer at ev­ery level he has played at and the striker re­vealed that he re­jected of­fers from higher sides to re­turn to the club where he started his ca­reer.

“I had a few bids from clubs in the Con­fer­ence Premier, but they weren’t right for me,” he said.

“Right now, it’s good to be some­where that I know I can get fit and get the con­fi­dence back. I know that I’m ca­pa­ble of play­ing well at this level, so if I can score goals again and help Hayes along the way then that’s a pos­i­tive.”

Hayes & Yead­ing re­turn to ac­tion this week­end when Bishop’s Stort­ford are the visi­tors to York Road.

It’s good to be some­where that I know I can get fit

and get the con­fi­dence back”

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