Date: 17th August 2006 at 7:10pm
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Teenage defender Dan Smith is set to sign a three-year deal with Aberdeen on Friday (Aug 18).

The 19-year-old left back has been training with the Dons since Monday and will join from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee, after dropping out of the first-team picture due to new arrivals at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland boss Niall Quinn told his club’s official site: ‘We couldn’t guarantee Dan a game here so, without a reserve team this season, he goes there with our blessing and naturally we wish him all the very best at his new club.’

In a BBC News article, Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood said: ‘Dan will be available for Saturday and could make the squad because of our injury situation.

‘He has a sweet left foot, is full of running and has a great attitude.’

Dutch striker Dyron Daal, who has also been training with the Dons this week, is reported to be close to coming to Pittodrie on amateur terms. The 21-year-old had a trial with Aberdeen in January, but rules and regulations about amateur players in the Netherlands prevented the move.

Calderwood said: ‘If he does come in, it would be as an amateur for this season, which shows a lot of commitment from the lad.’