Date: 24th July 2007 at 11:37pm
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Jimmy Calderwood has again searched his back catalogue of former Dunfermline players for his latest unlikely signing; this being the familiar figure of Derek Young.

Young had just been released by Partick Thistle, who I watched tonight being beaten 2-0 by Leicester City, and if he can`t fit in that team, surely there can be no match-time for him at Pittodrie.

The Young brothers were fans favourites ( as much as anyone could be) during a tough period for Aberdeen but they jumped ship together when Calderwood offered them terms to join his revived Dunfermline and they went all the way to the Scottish Cup Final but that proved to be the highlight of their careers away from Aberdeen and they have been on the slide ever since.

Darren, the older brother is still at Dunfermline and will play in the SFL next season but Derek has slipped away to the extent that he was released by The Pars and then even Thistle in May which has left him with no club and only training with Hamilton Accies since then.

Obviously Derek will be given a chance at Pittodrie but it will probably be his last in the top flight as at the age of 27 he should have established his level by now.

Jimmy is clearly a fan but the Dons loyal are not totally happy with all of his ex-Pars imports with the likes of Stevie Crawford, Gary Dempsey, Craig Brewster, Jamie Langfield and Richie Byrne having all fallen well short of hero status.

It could be just as a favour to Young by Jimmy and he may be on scant wages to be used only as desperate cover because the standard of player now at Aberdeen has long since surpassed the likes of the under-achieving Young brothers and on that note, in tonight`s match at Firhill, yet another familiar face; that being number 4 David Rowson, the new signing, and it may have just been the sun blinding my eyes but he looked a right good few pounds over weight, well off the pace and even though it was a friendly, pretty cowardly in some challenges.

How much do Rowson, Darren Young and plenty more wish they hadn`t turned their back on the club during the hard, Ebbe days and how envious will they be now that Darren Young has at least the chance to prove himself again at the club they once looked down on?

Whether he deserves that chance remains to be seen??.



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