Hayes joins Pilgrims on loan in time for crucial run of games
Striker Paul Hayes faces a busy first week at Plymouth Argyle after completing a one-month loan move from Brentford yesterday.
The 30-year-old is set to make his debut in the Devon derby against Exeter City at St James' Park today (1pm).
Hayes is also eligible to play in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie away to Swindon Town on Tuesday.
Argyle will then take on Portsmouth in a Sky-televised Dockyard derby at Home Park next Saturday.
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Hayes has played only once for Brentford this season, when he started a 3-2 League Cup first round win at home to Dagenham and Redbridge on August 6.
So the striker, who has Championship experience with Scunthorpe United, Preston North End and Barnsley, is excited about his new challenge at Argyle.
"It's a great week to come into the football club," said Hayes. "It's a derby game, followed by a cup tie and then the game on Sky against Portsmouth. There is no better way for me to get stuck into it.
"I'm experienced and old enough to know how football goes. I feel like a 17-year-old kid ready to play again."
Hayes will wear the number 19 shirt for Argyle and his one-month loan will take him up to and including the home game against Northampton Town on November 2.
He held talks with Pilgrims' boss John Sheridan on Thursday before travelling down to Plymouth that night.
Hayes then took part in his first training session with the Argyle squad – including former Preston team-mate Neal Trotman – yesterday.
He said: "My agent got a call from John Sheridan about coming down here for a month.
"I spoke to John on the phone and he had some nice ideas about coming down here and I needed some games of football so it suited me.
"Everyone knows Plymouth used to be in the Championship and it's a big club. It has been a shame what has happened to the club in the last few years. Hopefully, the worst is over."
Argyle have struggled to score goals this season and Hayes has been brought in to try to provide a solution.
He said: "The manager has drummed into me that he wants more goals throughout the team. That's something we have got to address and make sure we get it right soon." Hayes signed a three-year contract for Brentford in August 2012 after leaving Charlton Athletic.
He made 18 starts and 15 substitute appearances for the Bees in all competitions last season, and scored six goals.
Hayes also had a loan spell with League One outfit Crawley Town towards the end of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Argyle will be at home to Watford in the second qualifying round of the inaugural Under-21 Premier League Cup. Watford beat Bristol Rovers 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road on Thursday night. Argyle won 2-1 at Bournemouth in the first qualifying round.