Date: 14th July 2007 at 10:24am
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Jimmy Calderwood`s new signings are certainly keeping the clubs most established players on their toes. Michael hart was one of Jimmy`s top players last season but even he was shunted from his guaranteed right back position to make way for Jackie McNamara to make his debut.

Michael played in 36 games for the Dons last season and another Dons almost ever present Chris Clark also felt the knock-on effect of the new guys as he was relegated to the bench for last nights match at Cove Rangers and Jeffrey De Visscher took centre stage.

Calderwood is huge fan of both those players which he demonstrated often by calling for their inclusion to the Scotland squad but he can`t guarantee them anything now that his options have multiplied drastically with the inclusion of the versatile signings.

With the quality that has been brought in, everyone at Pittodrie will be pleased just to get a shirt no matter where they play and Michael Hart, who played centre half last night, is the first to admit it.

He said to Reds Online ‘I was happy enough playing as a central defender.

‘As long as I’m in the team come the start of the season then I’ll be happy.

The fact that Hart will probably be played out of his natural right back slot often this coming term as Jackie McNamara shunts him down the right back pecking order has not deterred the 27 year old and he`s hoping a deal can be done that will ensure he`s a Dons player for the most important part of his career.

He`s hoping to get everything signed, sealed and delivered before the August the 4th kick off and he insists that he`ll be no trouble to Willie Miller in finding a resolution to both club and player.

He said, ‘Willie knows I want to stay and I’m just waiting to see what the club come back with,’.

‘Ideally I would like to get everything wrapped up before the start of the season so I can concentrate on playing.

‘We’re away to Egypt on Monday for 12 days so I’d like to get something sorted out when we’re over there.

‘Willie said he would get back to me in the next couple of weeks so that should be anytime soon.

‘It shouldn’t be too difficult to get some sorted out.’

is manager will be happy with Hart`s enthusiasm to stay. He values his contribution in several areas on the field as operating under tight financial restraints has meant that he has had to look for “Jack of all trade” players that will allow him to rest or change personnel tactically.

he gaffer told the Daily Record, ‘I don’t have a big squad but at the moment I see no weaknesses.

We’re in a better position to handle one or two injuries than we were before which has to be encouraging for the challenge ahead. We have a core of 22 now and many of them can do a job in different positions.

Squad rotation is an option and it’ll be nice to worry about who to leave out for a change.’

ith the losses of Russell Anderson, Gary Dempsey, Jamie Winter, Andy Bagshaw and David Donald as well as Jamie Langfield being ejected from his starting slot, do you think Aberdeen are in better shape than last season at the moment?

nswers on the Forum please.