Doyle-hayes signs up

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

» MID­FIELDER Jake Doyle-hayes was on the bench at Ley­ton Ori­ent last Satur­day af­ter sign­ing for Chel­tenham Town on a sea­son-long loan from Aston Villa.

The 20-year-old spent time in League Two with Cam­bridge United last sea­son, play­ing in their 2-0 de­feat at the Jonny-rocks Sta­dium in Fe­bru­ary.

He made four starts and two sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances for the U’s and Robins boss Michael Duff said: “We iden­ti­fied Jake in De­cem­ber last year and we showed our in­ter­est in Jan­uary.

“There were a few fac­tors: we couldn’t guar­an­tee him foot­ball, we were in the bot­tom two at the time and we weren’t sure if it was right for him or us.

“He ended up go­ing out to Cam­bridge and did well.

“He’s highly re­garded at Aston Villa and he’s been in and around their first team squad as the 19th or 20th man for the last 12 months so we think we have a very good foot­baller with good en­ergy.

“We have known about him for a long time and we have shown in­ter­est be­fore, so we are de­lighted to get it over the line.”

Repub­lic of Ire­land Un­der-19 in­ter­na­tional Doyle-hayes has made three EFL Cup starts for Villa, in­clud­ing a 4-1 home win over Wi­gan Ath­letic in Au­gust 2017.

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