Date: 22nd June 2007 at 12:06pm
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More Dons revelations on the transfer front and with Jimmy declaring previously that he is happy with the current squad, it stands to reason that it`s players leaving the club who are making the headlines.

First up is the possibility that Steve Lovell could be a target for his first club, English League One side Bournemouth.

This rumour surfaced about a month ago but with no substance and now it`s back but Jimmy Calderwood is not particularly concerned. He knows that Lovell does have a relative on the staff down there as his step-brother is a player/coach at the Cherries.

But Jimmy is not too concerned as he does not think that they could put together a big enough package to lure him away from the SPL and the guaranteed European football nights that his nine crucial goals last year helped achieve and besides, he has not received anything like a formal offer yet anyway.

Kevin Bond is the man in charge at Bournemouth and is on the hunt for goalscorers with six having left the club but Calderwood does not expect Lovell to be one of them as he told the P&J, ‘If there is an approach they will be told Steve still has two years left on his contract and we would prefer to keep him.

‘You never know in football nowadays, but I doubt if Bournemouth would be able to come up with a deal good enough to persuade us to let Steve go.’

So whilst Steve probably wont be heading to League One, one of the Dons current first team squad looks like following Gary Dempsey`s lead and making the move there with him.

Englishman Dan Smith has been approached by Dempsey`s Yeovil Town and he looks set to move there after failing to make an impact at Pittodrie and falling behind Ricky Foster and Richie Byrne in the left back pecking order.

One player already off the Pittodrie books is the man who holds the record for being the youngest player ever to represent the Aberdeen first team and the man who game him his debut at just 16 years old now wants again.

Former Dons boss Steve Paterson is obviously a keen admirer of David Donald and so would love him to kick start his career again at his Peterhead side after spending most of his playing career since Paterson was binned at Aberdeen, on the bench.

The Caley Thistle legend said to the P and J, ‘I’ve invited David to join us for pre-season training and if he does well then there will be a contract on offer. Just like Kyle MacAulay, he still has ambitions to play full-time football.

‘I am still talking to Kyle about his plans, but I’m hopeful he will commit to Peterhead.

‘Both may go down the road of accepting trials with full-time clubs, as other players released by Aberdeen have done, but I would urge them to be cautious.

‘If they do in the early part of pre-season, they could miss the boat with Peterhead. I have to look after my own club and have to act quickly to put the squad together.

‘Hundreds of players have taken a step backwards to move forwards and that is what we are offering them the opportunity to do.’



ice to see some of the youngsters getting another chance to prove themselves after not quite hitting the grade at Aberdeen but no doubt still have the talent to play at some level.

But what do you think of the Lovell speculation?

s there the very real prospect of Aberdeen fans losing their favourite striker to a League One side?

Thoughts please on the Vital Forum as per?.