Date: 18th May 2007 at 1:55am
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Aberdeen look like adding Jackie McNamara to the veteran category currently only occupied by the grey haired Craig Brewster at Pittodrie as Jackie McNamara Senior reckons that a deal has been done and dusted.

Although Jimmy Calderwood is not partaking in talk that involves anything but the all important Rangers match on Sunday, the evidence seems conclusive that McNamara will sign and reports are rife that he was up for a medical on Monday.

Jackie is now free from his Wolves contract as his current side are no longer involved in the playoffs after their 4-2 aggregate defeat to bitter rivals West Brom so Jackie`s verbal agreement is now expected to be fulfilled according to his dad.

‘I think the move to Aberdeen is set in concrete,’.

‘He hasn’t passed his medical yet, but I think Jackie’s given his word to Jimmy Calderwood, and I’m looking forward to seeing him back in the SPL,” said the ex-Celtic and Hibs favourite.

Jimmy Calderwood has admitted that he hopes to finalise the deal in the next week but wants to concentrate on leading his team to UEFA Cup qualification but he has been working behind the scenes to build on this season`s progress as he has also had his offer of a new six month contract to hitman Craig Brewster verbally agreed.

‘Craig has decided that he is going to stay with the club for a further six months”, said Jimmy.

‘I don’t think anything has been signed and sealed but he has certainly agreed to it when we had a chat.’



He might have been slightly worried about his own level of fitness but that was never an issue for me,’ said Calderwood.

‘If he did decide to go away and take a coaching job it would be a simple handshake, there wouldn’t need to be any sort of ‘get-out’ clause.’

With the imminent capture of McNamara, Jimmy is adding a player of real pedigree who has 31 Scotland caps, numerous domestic honours, played in a UEFA Cup final and has been both the Young Player and Player of the Year in Scotland previously.

At 33 his best years are behind him but Calderwood will be hoping that his experience can be a good influence on the younger defenders at the club similar no doubt to how he has seen Craig Brewster be an asset with his good habits, hard work and enthusiasm.



ut is it a step forward bringing older guys to the squad?

The young guys have taken the team this far and will only get better so should Calderwood not sink or swim with them or is he right in adding much needed experience to the team in the hope their knowledge is passed on?

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