Date: 20th May 2015 at 7:01pm
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Aberdeen have today confirmed that midfielder Ryan Jack has now put pen to paper on the contract he was offered.

The 23 year old has committed to the club through to the end of the 2016-17 season and with our Academy graduate making his debut back against Rangers in September 2010, he has now gone on to figure almost 180 times for the club.

Speaking to the Official Site after the deal was concluded, manager Derek McInnes explained.

‘We are all delighted Ryan has committed to the club until the end of season 2016/2017. It shows real intent from Ryan to play his part in a successful Aberdeen team. It also demonstrates the club can hold on to its good players as well and hopefully Ryan can continue to impress in an Aberdeen shirt next season.’

In a larger interview, the gaffer also explained that he was delighted to have secured both Jack and Barry Robson in recent days.

‘Naturally, I am very happy that Ryan Jack has committed his immediate future to us. He is a pivotal player for the team and I think there is so much more still to come from him. His development will continue as part of a good Aberdeen team which, in itself, will enhance his chances of fulfilling all his potential.’

McInnes said that he’d always felt Aberdeen was the place for Ryan to be, and discussions on the deal had been going on at length for the last six months, and he was pleased that Jack also felt this would be the best place for him to continue his development as well.

‘While as a manager you never allow yourself to be overly confident, I always felt we had a chance of keeping him. He took his time to make his decision but ultimately, he’s signed the deal we first put to him in December. The fact that we have him committed again for so long was great news for the club. Ryan knows he is with a club and a manager who really want to work with him.’

Moving onto Robson, he went on to say.

‘I am also very pleased Barry Robson has extended his stay here. I think he has shown a real desire and commitment to be at this club. When Barry first came, he signed for a level of salary below the level he was worth. He has shown nothing but a real appetite to play for Aberdeen since that day and that speaks volumes for him. He backs his ability – all good players need that – and I think he has a real competitive streak which you can’t put in to players. There is still a place for experience in this team, particularly as Russell retires, and Barry, along with Willo, have a responsibility to show the way in training every day.’

Going back to Jack, he said in his own interview after penning the deal.

‘I am over the moon. I am absolutely delighted. It has been ongoing for a long period of time but that was because I just wanted to concentrate on my football. Now my season has finished I could finally sit down and get the deal done. All the speculation about me potentially leaving was for everyone else to talk about. For me and my family, I knew I was going to concentrate on my football and then at the end of the season make a decision.’

He went on to explain that McInnes had made it very clear that he wanted him to stay and continue to play a role in the team, and with lengthy discussions having taken place, they both knew a decision would be made at the end of the campaign so the focus could continue to be on the pitch and they both respected that and here we are now with the deal signed.

‘There are a lot of reasons why I signed. For me personally playing European football again is a big thing. I really enjoyed playing in Europe this season. The chance to keep doing well with a successful team is a big factor. Also to play under a manager who wants to do his best for the team and the club. Next season I really believe we can kick on and make it a special one.
I feel we are at the start of something. It is important we recognise that. We are just at the start under this manager and there is still a lot more to come from us as a team. Hopefully we can keep progressing year on year.’

He went on to echo that he feels Aberdeen are a club on the up so it makes no sense to leave now, especially as he’s enjoying his time with us.

‘For myself it has been a long season. It has almost been eleven months full on playing football every week but I have enjoyed every minute of this season and I hope it will be the same next season as well. I know that I am still learning the game. Hopefully I can continue to improve. I know the manager will demand that of me. I know that there is still a lot I can learn. I can improve technically and gain more experience.’

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