Date: 20th May 2007 at 12:46pm
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Jimmy Calderwood is ecstatic to have signed up his fourth free Scottish internationalist and this time he has secured the most honoured of them all.

Jackie McNamara has won as many caps as he has years on his clock but the Dons new capture still has plenty left in his tank as he embarks on a new career with the ambitious Dons which could well see him add to his tally of representing his nation thirty three times.

That could be Jackie`s aim as he moves back north in a move his new manager hopes will be mutually beneficial to player and club but he`s already impressed with Jackie`s desire to don the red shirt as he has taken a massive pay cut to do so.

Reports are that the 5`8″ Glasgow born defender was on 10K at Wolves but will turn out for the Dons for half that but he should recoup some with bonuses.

It`s a huge sum to write off as he probably could have secured a more lucrative deal elsewhere but it`s the fact that Calderwood had no trouble in securing Jackie`s services for the next two years that should impress his team mates and supporters as Calderwood said, ‘The negotiations with Jackie were among the quickest and easiest I’ve had with any player, which says a lot about him.’

‘To say Jackie had to take a pay cut is an understatement.

‘Jackie had other offers that would have earned him a lot more than we are giving him.

‘He has shown real commitment to Aberdeen at a time when many players are only interested in the financial gains.

Jackie joins Scott Severin, Lee Miller and Jamie Smith on the free transfer list of Scottish Internationalist that Calderwood has persuaded to play for him, a fact that shows both his and the clubs ambition and he said, ‘It makes me proud to have managed to get players of that quality in for no fees.

‘They are all Scottish internationals and will help take the club up another level.’

Jackie will obviously be challenging Michael Hart for a starting slot but Jimmy is not considering punting the man who has had an excellent season for Aberdeen at right back and he`s not considering losing his captain Russell Anderson either in a statement that will relieve every Dons fan.

Jimmy said of the never ending speculation surrounding his players, ‘Michael Hart has been brilliant for us.

‘I’ve been calling for him to be given a chance with Scotland, so I’m hardly in a hurry to see him leave.

‘There has also been talk of Middlesbrough making a £1m bid for Russell.

‘That’s all it is talk. If I don’t know about it then it isn’t going to happen.

‘We are going get these sort of things all of the time, but I haven’t signed Jackie to prepare for the possibility of someone leaving.

‘I signed him because I want to build a squad that can bring success back to Aberdeen.

‘He will be competition for Michael. But Jackie can also play in wide or centre midfield or at sweeper or even at left-back.

‘I don’t know at this stage what my team is going be next season, or who is going to play where.

‘I’m just glad to have such an abundance of players about me who can offer real hope of doing something special with Aberdeen.’



re you happy to see Jackie sign? Would you rather have Michael Hart in at right back?

s 5 grand a week well spent on a 33 year old with injury problems which will be no doubt a big part of the wage kitty?

hat about the speculation surrounding Russell The Muscle? Is £1 million a good offer for our team`s mainstay?

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