Date: 24th February 2007 at 10:56am
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Jamie Winter`s time at Aberdeen is as good as finished as even in last night`s friendly against Bohemians he was unable to get a starting slot and judging on that, he is unlikely to appear ever again in Dons shirt unless unforeseen injuries stretch the squad to breaking point.

Jamie had wanted to use the match to sell himself to other clubs as he goes looking for life after Aberdeen and to convince his current boss that he was able to do a job besides being the token Under 21 statue on the bench each week.

Calderwood knew that his Irish opponents would be fielding their strongest team and considering the poor results the Aberdeen reserves have been having, Jimmy didn`t have room for many players out-with his own top team which many Jamie was again a passenger.

Jamie has put his house up for sale and is under no illusions that he will be brought back into the side but despite his team at Pittodrie going sour, he still has faith that he can be a top player.

Jamie said ‘I have confidence in my ability and know that I can still perform at a high level.

“Now it is just a case of working hard and proving that I can do a job for someone.’

Jamie previously played for Leeds United, had a failed trial at Boston United kast season and he thinks it`s in England that his future playing days lie.

‘I definitely want to go back down to England and play my football there,’ he said.

‘My time at Leeds was thoroughly enjoyable and ideally I will go down that same route.

‘For now I will just keep training hard and then weigh up my options at the end of the season.’

Since Calderwood brought him form Leeds United, he`s made 18 starts for Aberdeen but only one of them has been this season and that being the LEAGUE Cup horror show.

‘My only start this season was against Queen’s Park and I do wonder would I have played more if that game had went better,’ he said.

‘This season has been so frustrating because I have had to just sit back, be patient and keep myself fit.

‘When I first broke into the side there were a lot of injuries at the time and I perhaps took being in the team every week for granted.

‘I started a few games last season but then it all went bad and I maybe did not push myself as much as I could. But that is all in the past, now all I can do is look forward and hope I get a move.’

Jamie has at least taken on some of the responsibility for his development and does not blame his manager for lack of matches. He does still remain an Aberdeen player until his contract expires and in that time he insists he`ll be committed to the Dons cause.

Winter said: ‘I have no problems with the manager, he gave me the chance at Aberdeen and I totally respect him.

‘Jimmy Calderwood assured me if anyone does make enquiries for me he will talk about me with high regard.

‘As a professional if I am called upon I will give 100% for Aberdeen, there is no doubt about that.

‘Just because I am being released does not mean I will drop my standards.

‘Besides you just never know, I could do well in the coming weeks and push to get back into the first team picture.’