Date: 27th January 2009 at 6:31pm
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The first and probably most notable of the two is Dutch winger Jeffrey De Visscher. Although not officially confirmed on Red Web, the deal looks pretty much certain to go through as De Visscher has returned to Holland and is finalising a deal with second division outfit Cambuur Leeuwarden.
Jimmy Calderwood told Red TV:
“With regards to Jeffrey – he is over in Holland just now and it looks as if things will be signed and sealed very shortly. He was disappointed that he was getting to play first team football every week, as he had been used to previously in Holland. He is a great player but i think the way the game goes in Scotland doesn`t suit his style of play, he is more used to a 4-3-3 formation and that doesn`t happen so much over here”

“He has decided he would like to return to Holland and we were never going to stand in his way. I wish him all the luck in the world and it had been great to work with him over the last couple of years.”

Jeffrey leaves having played around 25 matches for the Dons, about half of which he started on the bench. He managed three goals in his time at Pittodrie and it would be fair to say his ability has divided the fans: at times he looked comfortable on the ball and a threat going forward while at other times he seemed unfit, off the pace and out of sorts.

The second departure is that of youngster Stuart Smith.
Although this may seem like a relatively small loss, Smith outlines a concerning trend of youngsters failing to make the grade in the first team. He has failed to move up the pecking order and with Charlie Mulgrew, Lee Mair, Ricky Foster and Sterling Smith all apparently preferred in the left back role, it is obvious Smith`s opportunities would be limited. He has signed for Peterhead having been on loan with them for much of the season.

Calderwood has also stated there will be nobody coming in to replace either of the departing players.