Date: 23rd May 2007 at 9:10pm
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Jimmy Calderwood has rarely been proved wrong with his signings at Pittodrie, the odd Stevie Crawford here, a Jamie Winter there and even those guys weren`t exactly the worst players ever to be privileged to be wearing the famous shirt so when news of a double Dutch signing hits the gossip columns, Dons fans can have every right to feel excited.

Jimmy has brought some fabulous players to the club. Guys like Jamie Smith, Scott Severin, Lee Miller and now Jackie McNamara were all free and are pushing for international honours and the only players he`s bought have been Steve Lovell and Barry Nicholson which have cost them less combined than some Hearts subs that`ve hardly played.

So, all things considered, when Jimmy talks of the latest players who are set to sign for the club, the fans have every right to feel optimistic.

Jimmy wants Pittodrie consistently packed as it was last Sunday and now that he has a side which are very hard to beat; he wants to start adding players who can keep those bums on seats every week.

The Dons boss is all too aware that the Pittodrie unfaithful demand more attacking football and he`s been on a mission to give them exactly that with scouting trips across Europe all season looking for players who`d provide that for his team.

The exciting news is, Jimmy thinks he`s found a couple in Holland.

Calderwood said of the two new Dutch boys he’s discovered, winger Jeremy De Visscher and striker Robert Fik “We’ve been accused of lacking a bit of flair at times, despite making it to the UEFA Cup,’

‘De Visscher is certainly capable of putting that right.

‘He normally plays on the right, but can do a great job on either wing because he is very direct and causes full-backs all sorts of problems.

‘He also scores goals, he got 10 for his club last season, so I’m sure he will help to raise the entertainment level.

‘The arrival of De Visscher will also allow me to use Jamie Smith in a more central role or even push him further forward.

‘It will give us the chance to be far more flexible when it comes to putting opposing defences under pressure.’

Robert Fik was not playing at a great standard with his club WKE when Calderwood spotted him but he has Dutch youth national honours and Calderwood hopes he can get back to form that saw him as one of his country`s hottest properties.

Jimmy said: ‘He managed to put big Zander Diamond on his backside in a couple of challenges, which isn’t the easiest thing to do.

‘People may be a bit sceptical because Fik is coming in from amateur football at the age of 26.

‘But the amateur leagues in Holland are different to the ones here.

‘Fik was also being chased by a host of other clubs because he was one of the most highly rated young players over there until a few personal problems meant he was lost to the game for a while.

‘But I had no hesitation in offering him a full-time contract because he is determined to rekindle his career and will be a real handful for defenders in the SPL.’

Are you pleased with these players who seem to be virtually signed up for next season or would you rather we signed players who have already got proven track records playing for more established clubs?

Have you got faith in Jimmy`s judgement and think these guys will be the ones to add flair and invention back to the club?

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