Date: 26th February 2007 at 9:36pm
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It is now thought that Gary Dempsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with Yeovil Town and will become their player in the summer. Dempsey spoke again to The Glovers over the weekend and the noises being made are that he`s hooked up a deal to move to the Somerset club.

As much as Jimmy Calderwood does not want him to leave, Aberdeen can’t try to outbid the League One side`s contract offer at this point in the season as projected finances cannot be tallied with the Dons still unsure of their final league placing and the huge monetary difference that could make.

Calderwood understands Dempsey`s situation, the player needs to secure his future and his only grudge will be to lose a solid squad player who he clearly rates highly as Dempsey has featured in the majority of games this season.

Calderwood spoke on the expected loss of Gary, ‘As much as we wanted to keep him, I accept that Gary has to look after himself,’ he said.

‘We simply aren’t in the position to make an offer to him at this stage.’

Dempsey has made noises about the fact that he wants to play all the time and isn`t happy when dropped and this is another reason for him wishing to head south. Calderwood can see his point but the manager needs to build a strong squad and be able to tactically drop players or refresh his team with players of a high caliber. Calderwood wants to increase to competition at Pittodrie even further which will happen when Jamie Smith, Craig Brewster and Zander Diamond all return from injury soon.

‘It’s hard for players when they’re not getting a regular starting place,’ said Calderwood.

‘Gary has been in that situation but then so have the likes of Lee Miller and Karim Touzani in recent weeks.

‘The competition will be even harder now that Jamie, Zander and Craig are on the road to recovery.

‘But if we are to get better we are going to need players to show a real commitment to the club.

‘We are trying to build up a squad that is capable of taking Aberdeen up to another level.

‘You need quality on the bench as well as on the park to do that.’

Those players could be fit to return as soon as Saturday when the Dons travel to Falkirk for their vital SPL match.

‘If they do well in training over the course of the week they will certainly be added to the squad,’ said Calderwood.

‘They’ve worked hard with physio John Sharp in recent weeks and are in decent shape.’

Richie Byrne, who has a hamstring injury, is also expected to step up the level of his training this week and Chris Clark should be able to shake off the injury he picked up in the draw against Bohemians on Friday night, giving Calderwood the biggest squad to choose from that he`s had all season.

Aberdeen made re-signing Jamie Smith, Darren Mackie and Andrew Considine their priority and it looks like Dempsey has reacted to this snub as the pecking order of importance was clearly shown to him. Dempsey is a decent player but even he`ll know that he`s not as essential to Aberdeen`s future as the players Jimmy Calderwood made his precedence.