Date: 15th February 2007 at 2:35pm
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More news on the transfer front involving another Aberdeen first-team player and the exit door.



Gary Dempsey has spent two days down at English First Division Yeovil Town this week as he looks to safeguard his future but he has insisted that he`ll stay at the Dons as long as there is a contract to sign, his current one expires at the end of the season.

Yeovil are ready to give the 26 year old a pre-contract agreement as they hope to build towards next season where they maybe playing in the Championship but Gary insists he`s happy with life in the north east.

The ex-Everton and Dunfermline player has had 18 starts this season for the first team and a further 5 from the bench and has obviously cemented his place in the squad since joining as an amateur in March 2005. His undeniable natural ability and work ethic is slowly being matched by his physical ability. This season he has looked quicker, stronger and more athletic, and his efforts have been well received by the Aberdeen support.

Jimmy Calderwood is being pressured into making a contract offer in the next couple of days as Yeovil look to get their man but Gary is in a rock and a hard place as both teams seem to want him but nothing is yet official.

The Irishman said: ‘At the moment, I don’t have a decision to make because there are no formal offers for me to consider.

‘The trip to Yeovil went very well. They have said they are very keen and expect to go back to my agent in the next couple of days with an offer.

‘At Aberdeen, I’ve spoken briefly with Jimmy Calderwood and Willie Miller. The club have said they want me to stay, but there’s no contract on the table.

‘I’d be delighted to stay at Aberdeen if the offer is right, but it’s out of my hands. It is up to the clubs to make the next move.

‘It isn’t nice to be approaching March without a contract for next season, but, hopefully, I will be in a better position soon.’

The Huish Park side are managed by Gary Johnson who has previously managed Cambridge United, Kettering Town, and the Latvian National Team where he spotted Marion Pahars and recommended him to Southampton. Johnson likes the look of Dempsey so Gary`s faired better on this trial than the Doncaster Rovers one which he went on last season and was offered nothing at the end of.

He said: ‘I was very impressed by the set-up at Yeovil, the players and the manager. They are sitting four points off promotion from League 1 to the Championship and are going well.’

Despite the chance that he`ll be leaving and the fact he`s been away training with another club, Dempsey insists he`s 100% behind the Aberdeen cause and looking to play his part in the crucial match against Celtic on Saturday.

He said: ‘I’m an Aberdeen Football Club player and nothing will change until I’m told otherwise. I’ve got a lot of respect for Jimmy Calderwood and he knows there’s no question about my commitment.’

The Dons manager is still confident he can come up with a package to retain Dempsey.

Calderwood said: ‘I’m hopeful he will stay at Aberdeen. Gary has established himself as an important member of our first-team squad, but he is free to sign a pre-contract with another club if he wants to leave Aberdeen.’

One player who will not be staying at Pittodrie is Norwegian teenager Frederik Englehardt has been released.

The 16-year-old, who cost £16,000 when he was lured to Scotland from Ham-Kam in June, failed to settle in Scotland and the remainder of his contract has been settled to allow him to return to Norway.