Aberdeen have received a tremendous boost ahead of tomorrow`s game at home to Falkirk as the man who Jimmy Calderwood rated only as a 50/50 to stay on at Pittodrie has done just that and signed a new two year extension.
Aberdeen Team News:
Scotland fringe winger Jamie Smith has put pen to paper and said ‘I am delighted to be extending my stay at Aberdeen as I am really enjoying my football here. I feel the club is ambitious and going in the right direction and I want to be a part of that progression. We are doing well this season and I really want to help bring European football back to Pittodrie.’
Delighted manager Jimmy Calderwood said: ‘We are delighted to announce that Jamie Smith has agreed terms on a two year extension to his current contract which was due to run out next summer. Obviously this is great news for the club and our fans as he is a real crowd pleaser. It took quite a long time but sometimes these things do. The main thing is that he has agreed terms.
He is a special player as he can go past people and gives us something different in attack. He scores goals from which ever position we play him in and is a player with a good future ahead of him with AFC.
Dons fans will appreciate the winger staying as he offers so much width and provides a real goal scoring threat but he must stay free of injuries if he is to have the same impact as his first season with Aberdeen in which he chipped in with nine goals and created many others. It`s great news for Dons fans as it shows the club are battling to keep their best players and progress.
Ahead of tomorrow`s Falkirk match, the boss has warned his team of the danger that awaits lurking in the opposition and it`s not only headline stealer Anthony Stokes who he is concerned about. He appreciates that Rangers were defeated last Sunday even without the on-loan hitman and has spoke about the quality of the Falkirk passing game and the players he thinks can dent his Euro challenge.
Calderwood said: ‘Falkirk have a lot of athletic players performing the way John and Brian Rice like football to be played.
‘With Russell Latapy pulling the strings in midfield and others with younger legs around him, it is
Player to watch: Jamie Smith
The winger should be in the mood to prove why he was worth the extension and why Calderwood was right to pull out the stops to secure the wide boy.
Falkirk Team News:
Anthony Stokes returns but suspension rules out Stephen O’Donnell and Steven Thomson.
Player to watch: Anthony Stokes
Special care will have to be taken to stop the Arsenal loan star from adding to his 11 league goals so far.
Match Facts & Stats
It was February 22nd 1958 the last time Falkirk won at Pittodrie in the league but with only seven points separting the teams, Calderwood’s boys must be on red alert to maintain that astonishing fact.