Date: 28th February 2007 at 9:16pm
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Willie Miller is so committed to securing the wellbeing of the club he is so revered at that he wanting to better even the legendary scouting policies that were installed by Alex Ferguson in the late 70`s and 80`s.

Miller is only too aware of the benefits a wide scouting net provides as he was at the club when so many quality youngsters broke through the ranks at Pittodrie and became part of the all conquering team Aberdeen had during the bulk of his Dons career.

Miller has been working tirelessly with head of youth development Lenny Taylor for the last year and Miller can now start seeing the results of their labour showing as they prepare to move onto the next level.

‘Lenny is doing a great job,’ said Miller.

‘There has been talk of us getting the youth system back up to the standard it was at in the 1980s.

‘But Lenny and I want to go beyond that, and make it the best the club has ever seen.’

Miller has stood by and watched Hibs and to a lesser extent Hearts churn out player after player and saw these young guys progress on to bigger clubs and even international honours. Now Miller wants to see these guys wearing a red jersey and has already made two crucial signings.

He has added former Dons players Malcolm Thomson and Andy Dornan to the youth development roster and it will be Dornan`s job to sniff out the talent in the capital and convince them their future lies in the north east.

Willie Miller said: ‘Winning the race for the best young players is crucial to our long term survival.

‘Adding Malcolm and Andy to our coaching team will help us do that.’

‘It’s the first time in our history that we have moved in on the territory of Hibs and Hearts.’

Miller continued ‘I admire the job Hibs have done in recent years.

‘Hearts have also unearthed some decent talent, although maybe not so much over the last couple of seasons.

‘It shows there is an abundance of good young players in the Lothian region. Rangers and Celtic have stepped up their presence down there, so it was important we did the same.’

Aberdeen can now add Edinburgh to their existing coaching centres which are already in place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Elgin, Banff, Thurso and obviously Aberdeen.

Malcolm Thomson has an impressive CV as he has been youth coach with Hibs, Celtic and Rangers and Craig Brewster took him as part of his management team at both Inverness Caley and Dundee United.

He has been brought in to run the Dundee coaching centre but he will also be on hand to assist Peter Weir in the huge catchment area of Glasgow where the Dons have three schools.

Seems like a very wise move by Miller as Hibs have sold many of their boys for millions of pounds and nobody can deny the quality they are now currently fielding. There will also be an abundance of talent available in Edinburgh due to Hearts disinterest in anything Scottish.

Even if the Dons were able to spend silly money on players, they should always be doing the utmost to ensure that the best talent Scotland has to offer is seen by someone representing the club.

Scottish clubs have only ever had success when it’s been predominantly Scottish players who have played and this is the only way for Aberdeen to progress.