Date: 17th April 2007 at 5:42pm
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Aberdeen have steadily rebuilt their pride and respectability under Jimmy Calderwood and done so using only Scottish players in the majority of matches.

Now the Dons boss is looking to plunder a new, untapped source for quality and if he gets anything like the standard of the only previous American he has signed, he`ll be delighted.

Jimmy signed Ernie Stewart for Willem II and he achieved a magnificent 101 caps for his country and instilled a respect in Calderwood for Stewart`s countrymen.

Jimmy said ‘I brought Ernie to Willem II and he was a real winner, just like all Americans when it comes to sport.

‘I would be delighted to sign another American of that quality again.

‘I’m well aware of the quality of players available because I coached in the USA every summer for six years.

‘The problem is most of them don’t qualify for work permits. It’s the same with players in Canada. A contact recommended a player there a couple of weeks ago but we could do nothing because he wouldn’t be eligible for a British passport.

‘But the latest lad doesn’t have that problem, so we are quite happy to take him across and have a look at him.’

The lad in question is Joseph Lapira and qualifies to play in the UK through a British parent, his Irish mother. He comes with some pedigree after winning the college player of the year after starring for Notre Dame University where he is coached by former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Bobby Clark.

It was Bobby who sounded out the move and Lapira will be over at Pittodrie this summer to try and impress the Aberdeen management team in what could be the start of Aberdeen snatching some serious talent from across the pond.

Jimmy has very little money to play with but forging links with America could be a great way to uncover some new talents in a country that is only too happy to let their star men gain experience in Europe where many have proved to be successful.