Ryan Hedges joins Aberdeen from Barnsley as Ash Taylor returns to Pittodrie – BBC Sport

Ryan Hedges joins Aberdeen from Barnsley as Ash Taylor returns to Pittodrie - BBC Sport

Ryan Hedges completes Aberdeen move as he becomes Derek McInnes first summer signing

Winger Ryan Hedges says he followed the advice of Wales team-mate Danny Ward by agreeing a three-year contract with Aberdeen as he leaves Barnsley.

He and Leicester keeper Ward, loaned to Aberdeen from Liverpool in 2015, started for Wales when they beat Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 in March.

Barnsley have confirmed that midfielder, Ryan Hedges has left the club to join Scottish side, Aberdeen on a permanent deal. 

“I am quite close with Danny Ward and he didnt have a bad word to say,” the 23-year-old told Aberdeens website.

Barnsley confirm player departure as 2019/2020 preparations get underway

Hedges, who can also play up front, became Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes first close-season acquisition and was quickly followed by compatriot Ash Taylor, the 28-year-old centre-half returning from Northampton Town two years after moving to the English club from Pittodrie.

Winger Hedges will officially join the Scottish Premiership club when his current contract ends on 1 July.

He joined Barnsley in 2017 having failed to make a first-team breakthrough with Swansea City and made 25 appearances as the Tykes finished second in League One behind Luton Town this season.

Hedges, who was named man of the match as he earned his third Wales cap in the win over Trinidad & Tobago, is with Ryan Giggs squad as they prepare in Portugal for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary.

Having started his career as a youth with Everton, Northampton-born Hedges first played for Flint Town United and had loan spells from Swansea with Leyton Orient, Stevenage and Yeovil Town before moving to Barnsley.

He becomes the second Tykes player to head to the Scottish top flight this summer, with centre-half Adam Jackson having agreed a deal with Hibernian.

Aberdeen boss McInnes is needing to recruit forward-looking players with loans with Birmingham City for Greg Stewart and Manchester United for James Wilson ending this summer.

Scotland winger Gary Mackay-Steven is out of contract, while veteran utility player Greg Halford has been released.

Taylor, who spent three years at Pittodrie after leaving Tranmere Rovers, has signed a two-year contract having been transfer-listed by Northampton following their 15th-place finish in League Two.

The Cobblers, for whom Taylor played 52 times this season, suffered relegation in his first season with the club.

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