Date: 27th May 2007 at 12:04pm
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The best accolade Jimmy Calderwood will get this year for his efforts in guiding the club into Europe again is that none of his players want to move away from the club despite reported interest from big clubs.

Jimmy has chopped and changed his squad since arriving at Pittodrie 4 years ago but now he feels he has the nucleus of around twenty players he wants to keep as he feels they will be good enough to move the club forward.

Michael Hart is the latest player to be linked away from the Dons with Premiership clubs interested and now supposedly Hearts too with their unlikely policy of British Is Best as they look to find someone to replace the out of favour Robbie Neilson.

Michael has been a revelation since coming back to Aberdeen after three years at Livingston and is now part of the furniture since conquering the boo boys who targeted him on his return. His solid performances at right back have won over not only the fans but his manager who has touted him for national honours and has already spoke of his desire to keep the boy from Bellshill despite signing one time Celtic captain and fans hero Jackie McNamara.

It was thought that Jackie would be immediately installed into Michael`s role in the defence but such is the feel good factor at the club just now, Michael wants to stay to fight for his place and win a new contract as he moves into the last year of his existing deal.

ikey will be keen to get a new deal struck as he has oversaw the transformation at Pittodrie and now wants to stay for the good times he thinks are ahead.

e said ‘We are now in the sort of position we should be – pushing in the SPL and winning European spots. More new players are coming and we are going places.

Five or six years ago, we were struggling and fighting relegation. It’s not like that now.

Aberdeen had been off the boil and almost went down at one stage. The turnaround has been massive.

Now we feel we are good enough to fight any side in the SPL and we want to keep our team together.

We are all at good ages and there is a great mix of experience and youth.’

e put the club before himself during the vital Euro run in as he felt his contract details were less important than securing new terms and he`s prepared to wait over the summer before bashing something out with the Pittodrie money men.

‘Had we tied the European place down earlier, I would have gone in to see the manager to find out where I stand for the future.

If the club come and speak to me before we get back to pre-season then great but I am not going to cry about the situation if they don’t. I’ve been in Aberdeen since I was 15 and feel part of things.’

Reckon Mikey is worth another deal or is McNamara`s arrival made him surplus to requirements?

Answers please at the usual place, Vital Aberdeen Forum.