Date: 3rd April 2007 at 9:04pm
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Jimmy Calderwood is looking to get his squad together for next season as soon as possible and has identified the areas he would like new personnel.

Of course the departure of Gary Dempsey will require a new player to come in as Jimmy does not seem to have the quality required to promote from within the Aberdeen infrastructure and will look to Lee Mair to make the central position his own.

Mair has been sold to Jimmy Calderwood by his former manager Craig Brewster and will sign once his medical results are accepted.

‘I have spoken to Craig in depth about Lee as he worked with him at Dundee United when he was the manager,’ said Calderwood.

‘Craig spoke very highly of him, which gave me more reason to go for Lee, and I’m sure he will prove to be a valuable addition as he is so versatile.

‘Lee is capable of playing as a natural sweeper, right wing back, centre back or midfield and we hope to get things tied up soon.

‘There’s no reason why he can’t force his way into the first team.

‘Lee’s ability to play in a central midfield role also offsets Gary Dempsey’s departure.’

With Mair looking to be the next new addition, Jimmy will now try and bring in a couple of wide boys in a bid to score more goals and get the fans excited again. Calderwood is disappointed that the crowds have not flocked back to Pittodrie despite the club having, realistically considering the current circumstances, the best season imaginable.

David Donald and Jamie Winter will leave Aberdeen but players will be brought in to compensate for that loss but it is thought that they will be of first team standard and expected to be push the existing players for a jersey.

‘When we change our tactics we tend to have problems in the wider areas.

‘Richie Byrne’s return will allow Richard Foster to play further forward, which will help.

‘But ideally I would like to sign at least one wide player.

‘It would be great to get another two players in, although the squad is reasonably settled and we’re just looking to make minor adjustments.’

One man not being ruled out of a Pittodrie return is Dyron Daal. Big Dyron has notched 3 goals in three games for Dundee where he is on loan, a stat that has Calderwood interested in the Dutchman again.

‘We have had people watching Dyron in action for Dundee,’ said Calderwood.

‘We received a good report on his first match there but his second game was more favourable.

‘Dyron has been scoring goals so you can’t ask for more than that.

‘We’ll keep monitoring his progress and there’s still a chance he could do something at Aberdeen.

‘At least he’s getting games at a higher level than the reserve league.

‘Dyron has scored three goals in three games so he must be doing something right.’

Should be an interesting time for Aberdeen and if you can think of any players who would fit the bill for Calderwood`s team next year, log into the Forum and have your say.