The midfielder says he feels the club has found stability with the arrival of manager Steve Bruce.
He told the club's website, "I'm feeling a bit more stable with where I am. I feel like the club as a whole is going in the right direction. I think that was a worry. The manager had his thoughts before but he's gone now and that's his choice . He had to choose whatever he wanted to do. As a player you always have to improve, you always want to get to the next level and show ambition.
"It was a worry before the gaffer came in . You started pre-season with no manager – to be fair, Neil and Ben were fantastic, they put on good sessions for us and we didn't fall behind. Credit to the club, they've got Steve in, the staff in and a few players of a genuine, good quality. It was important for the players to see that the club wasn't just standing still, they want to progress."
Hayden added: "I'll be honest, after the Fulham game I went away two hours after the match and I remember sitting on the plane thinking how the fans reacted to me and it was a massive moment. Even my fiancee was getting videos of it and saying 'Wow, it's something that doesn't happen very often at any football club'. You don't get that very often, it was a nice feeling and one that stuck with me during the summer."
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