Earning his nickname 'Canary Crusher' at Ipswich Town after he netted four times against arch-rivals Norwich City, Danny Haynes has been confirmed as the latest of Notts County's summer signings.
Brought to the club by former Ipswich coach, Chris Kiwomya, Haynes was released by Charlton Athletic on May 16 this year and the 25-year-old has turned down offers from Championship competition to sign a two-year contract with the Magpies.
The striker told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I can do better things under Chris. I've worked with him before, at Ipswich. I know him on a more personal level, so it'll be a good chapter."
Haynes spent most of his career in the Championship, enjoying spells at Ipswich Town, Bristol City and Barnsley FC before leaving the Addicks for Meadow Lane.
Only a brief loan spell with Milwall in 2006 took him to the third tier of English football and, with murmurs of Premier League interest in 2008, his decision to join the League One side could be interpreted as a somewhat surprising one.
However, Haynes's close relationship with former boss Kiwomya seems to have driven the move, the new signing confessed: "He made me come here because of the person he is."
Haynes's speed and tenacity make him an attractive prospect for the club, the young striker made a name for himself with the Tractor Boys as then manager Jim Magilton's preferred 'super-sub'.
Injecting lightening pace and raw determination into the play late in games, the former FA Youth Cup winner is notorious for terrorising tiring defences.
Malcolm Melvin, Andy Haworth and Mustapha Dumbuya have already been drawn to the club by Kiwomya, the manager keen to implement the 'change of personnel' Ray Trew encouraged him to undertake in a statement for the Magpies website at his appointment in March.
The club chairman hopes that the newly-appointed boss can 'realise his long term vision' which may be an easier task with Kiwomya's signings and desire to mould the squad with, as Trew said in the same interview, 'a view towards building for the future'.
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