Date: 1st March 2007 at 10:10am
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Andy Dornan is Willie Miller`s latest signing as he tries to expand Aberdeen`s youth policy into the biggest it`s ever been. Willie knows Dornan from his playing days at Pittodrie where Dornan was a right fullback struggling to get in the team; no great shame as the legendary Dougie Rougvie was the man keeping him out.

His talent was not to be denied however and former Rangers manager Jock Wallace snapped up both Dornan and Andy Harrow for his Motherwell side in December 1982.

Dornan made the number 2 position his own at ‘Well and went on to play 92 games for the Steelmen, scoring 4 goals in his time there. Dornan`s performances was so consistently high that he was often the subject of frequent transfer talk but he eventually did leave. Walsall came in for him in 1987 and he played 118 games for The Saddlers where he is considered something of a legend. Andy has the distinction of being the last man to score Walsall`s last ever goal at Fellows Park, his first and last for the club, before they moved to Bescott Stadium.

Dornan then wound down his career playing for Worcester City before returning to Scotland to manage and play for Montrose. He managed the club until 1996 and according to press reports at the time; Willie Miller did not rule himself out of taking over from him.

Willie Miller spoke out about his reasons for hiring Dornan who will be in charge of running the Dons new coaching schools in Edinburgh.

‘I have put former players in place because I want people who know what playing for Aberdeen is all about.

‘They are better equipped to get our message across and it’s great they are willing to put something back into the game and this club in the search for stars of the future.

‘They learned from Sir Alex Ferguson when he was in charge here and will use that experience to develop the next generation.

‘I’m certain they will have a positive impact because the aim’s to make our youth system the best it’s ever been.’

Miller admitted Dornan`s main priority will be to tempt the best players in that area away from the Edinburgh clubs Hibs, Hearts and Livingston, convincing them that their future lies at Pittodrie.