Aaron Hayden

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Aaron Hayden is a central defender currently playing for the Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-21s.

Aaron Hayden
Full Name Aaron Edward-George Hayden
Date of Birth 16 January 1997
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Place of Birth Croydon
Position Central defender
Nationality English
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Previous club/s Chelsea, Melwood, Genesis


Youth career

A neighbour spotted six-year-old Aaron doing kick-ups in his back garden and invited him to trial for a local team. The trial was a success, and from that club he went through several others before getting another trial, this time at Chelsea, when he was eleven. This too was a success, and he spent four years there. They switched him from an attacker to a defender. Although he enjoyed his time there he feels that he was written off a little easily following two injuries. He rebuilt his fitness with the help of a personal trainer, ballet, and Tai Chi, amongst other things, and joined Wolves when they offered him a scholarship in 2013.

He was a nominee for the 2014-15 Wolves Academy Player of the season, which was won by Regan Upton.

Ahead of the 2015-16 season, Aaron was one of a small group of U21 players who travelled with the first team to a fitness camp in Clairefontaine, where he took part in two friendlies. Then on 6 August he joined Newport County on a 28 day loan, making his professional debut in a league two game away at Cambridge, which was a 3-0 loss. The loan was extended, but the second month was cut short and he returned to Wolves on 16 September 2015.


Aaron was selected for England U16 for a Victory Shield match against Northern Ireland.

Career statistics

No data pre 2014-15. Wolves give no squad information for U18 apart from the FA Youth Cup. Newport games are all league apart from one in FLT. Correct up 26 November 2015.

Club Season Senior Under-21 Lge Under-21 PLC B'ham Senior Cup Under-18 Lge FA Youth Cup
Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals Starts Subs Goals
Wolves 2014-15 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - - 2 1 0 0
Newport (Loan) 2015-16 5 1 0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Wolves 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 - - 1 - - - - - - - -

Career honours

He was part of the Wolves squad which won the 2015 Bitzer Cup in Germany.


He was given his first pro contract round about March 2015, during the second year of his scholarship. It expires at the end of the 2015-16 season, with the club holding an option for a further year.