Date: 3rd July 2007 at 10:51am
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Arafath Heuvel started his Aberdeen trial yesterday and immediately got down to the business of trying to impress the management team into signing him permanently.

After getting the tip off from his son Scott and after failing to secure Robert Fik on a contract, Jimmy Calderwood has taken Arafath to Aberdeen for a months trial that will see him get enough action in the Egypt and local friendlies for Jimmy to make up his mind on the player.

euvel is determined to resurrect his once highly promising career that once saw him being tipped for the top but has now fallen away to the extent that he has had to start preparing for life away from football.

e told the Daily Record, ‘I am working towards becoming a physiotherapist which is one of my long-term plans and Aberdeen’s interest was totally unexpected.

But being a professional footballer remains a big ambition and I have been impressed with what I have seen of the club so far.

euvel touched on the reasons why he was no longer playing at the top level anymore, something that even he doesn`t fully understand.

I have been asking myself what has gone wrong because I played for Groningen and Colchester in England then had a few trials with different clubs in Spain, Belgium and Germany as well as Holland

Some of them wanted to sign me but I didn’t want to go there and some of them didn’t want me so I ended up playing for a non-league side at home.

Things didn’t go as planned in the past but I think I have the skill and qualities needed to play at this level. Now I have to prove that.

Hopefully I can earn a long-term move to Aberdeen. My aim is to impress and earn a contract.’

njuries have played a big part in Arafath`s slump down the leagues but he believes that he is over the worst of it and is now ready to emulate his friend Theo Ten Caat`s experience of playing for the Dons.

rafath said: ‘It has been a frustrating time with injuries over the last eight months or so but I am fine now.

I have had the right treatment and am looking forward to showing what I can do.

I played with Theo Ten Caat a few years ago and he always spoke highly of Aberdeen.

He told me what a great time he had playing for the club and living in the city.

I like to think I have pace, technique and the ability to score and create goals so hopefully that will be good enough to get a deal.

In the last couple of years I have played striker or wide left in the side and I don’t think I will have problems with the physical nature of the league.

I got a taste of the British style of football at Colchester but while the Dutch league is more technical it can be a pretty tough league from that point of view as well.’

immy Calderwood revealed that he was already aware of his latest trialist from his time working in Holland and believes his club may have just found a right good player.

alderwood told www.afc.co.uk: ‘I saw him play as a youngster and he looked as if he was going to go all the way to the top.

‘We will have a good look at him over the next month and he will go on the pre-season trip to Egypt.’

o Arafath may become Jimmy`s next signing but it seems he is definitely not looking for a Russell Anderson replacement or a Jamie Langfield substitute and with Aberdeen already having four strikers, is Jimmy concentrating on strengthening the wrong area of the field.

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