Date: 5th July 2007 at 1:32pm
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Although all Dons fans are grieving over the loss of Russell Anderson, the cash the club got for the defender should ensure that all the rest of the fans favourites are kept at the club.

With expensive purchases like Barry Nicholson and Steve Lovell heading into the last year of their deal and established first teamers Zander Diamond, Derek Soutar, Jamie Langfield, Lee Miller, Chris Clark Richie Byrne, Michael Hart and Ricky Foster also able to look at options away from Aberdeen, Jimmy now has the cash to tempt them to stay and the good news is, they apparently all want to.

Jimmy has stated that he doesn`t want to lose any of his players as he continues the eternal Pittodrie re-building process and has entrusted Willie Miller with the challenge of making sure that those seeking new deals are given the deals they deserve and that task starts now with perhaps two of Aberdeen`s unsung hero`s last season.

Ricky Foster and Michael Hart will be first to be offered new deals after impressive seasons where they both played to a standard that many didn`t think they were capable of with Foster playing to such a level that he kept two dedicated left backs out the team to make that spot is own despite the fact he considers himself an attack minded winger.

Calderwood confirmed that contract talks were underway but still in their infancy during an interview with Reds Online.

He said ‘Willie has started talking to Michael and Richard.

‘There are a lot of players out of contract at the end of the upcoming season, but there is no use talking to 10 players right away.

‘So we have started with these two, then will move on to the next ones..

‘Hopefully that will all be done within the next five or six months.

‘Having so many players with their contract running out is not a worry now, not until we start talking to them all.’

Losing guys like Zander Diamond, Jamie Langfield, Lee Miller, Chris Clark, Michael Hart and Ricky Foster who are all being touted for international honours would be a huge loss to the club and if the money Aberdeen received for Russell Anderson can persuade them all to stay, then importance of our ex-captain would live on through any future success those guys may bring.