Date: 22nd May 2007 at 9:02pm
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Things don`t get much better for a Dons fan than the last week which has saw the club achieve entry into the UEFA Cup after beating Rangers 2-0 to do so in front of a packed Pittodrie and also sign the 33 times capped Jackie McNamara.

But things are just about to get that much sweeter for Dons fans with the news that Russell Anderson is willing to pledge his career to the club for life.

It could be that he`s been caught up in the euphoria around the North East which he was a big factor in creating but he`s ready to ignore the advances of Premiership clubs which allegedly include Middlesbrough, Sunderland and now Everton to stay with the Dons and be a huge part of their future advancement.

Russell has been with the club since 1996 and has already had a testimonial but he is looking to the future and sees success ahead for the club which idolises him so much.

‘These are exciting times to be an Aberdeen player, so I’m in no hurry to leave,’ said the Dons captain.

‘I’m open to discussing a new contract and if it meant staying with Aberdeen for the rest of my career, then fine.’

‘I’m happy with the way things are going on the football front and my family are obviously happy and settled in Aberdeen,’ he added.

‘The ball is in the club’s court.

‘I haven’t spoken to anyone and the club has constantly confirmed there have been no approaches.

Russell then goes on to say, ‘If anything does happen on that front it certainly won’t be instigated by me”, words that will please every Dons fan.

‘I have a year left in my contract and as far as I’m concerned I will be leading the club in Europe next season.’

And he then concludes with ‘I hope to also be leading the club beyond that.’

‘We’ve just signed Jackie McNamara, which is a real coup for Aberdeen and a sign of the ambition to build on what we achieved in the season just completed,’ he said.

‘We’re also on the brink of signing another couple of players, so there is good reason to be optimistic about the future.’

ith Aberdeen`s granite like defender stating that he`s Dons for life, it is now up to the management to decide if a £1million bid is enough for them to lose the services of their star player.

If Russell does now go down south then the management must have considered that they can replace him with someone of similar calibre for the same money or less, something that would be virtually impossible considering Anderson is consistently one of, if not the top defender every season in the SPL despite clubs spending millions to get nowhere near the same quality.

If Russell wants to stay then the club should get him signed while he still feels this way for as long as he`s willing to.