Date: 4th December 2006 at 10:57pm
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Aberdeen were offered a bit of comfort today as Jamie Smith has stated that he would like to extend his Pittodrie stay and not leave as he is entitled to do when he is available to talk to clubs in January`s transfer window.

The news is a welcome bright spot after the harsh defeat to Smith`s old club Celtic at the weekend but Calderwood still only rates his chances of keeping the winger as 50/50 despite today`s pledge of commitment.

“I would like to stay at Aberdeen, so hopefully we can get something sorted out,” Smith told the Evening Express.

“My main priority is to stay at Aberdeen and the manager has said that is what he wants as well.”

“I hope we can come to an agreement as I have absolutely no thoughts about leaving at all,” he added.

“I’m an Aberdeen player and I have always stated that I would love to stay at the club.

“I’m happy playing for Aberdeen and I even tried to get the ball rolling about a new contract earlier this year.

“My family are also happy in the area but sometimes things take a little longer than expected to sort out.’

Smith, in his words of loyalty, does seem convincing but with his agent no doubt sensing a pay day, it might be made impossible for him to stay as many clubs would relish the chance to scoop a goal-scoring, fringe international winger for nothing and with Calderwood already stating he has no budget left, it shouldn`t take too much to trump his Aberdeen wage.

Smith scored 9 goals last season and Calderwood rates him highly although this season has been inconsistent for him due to regular injuries. He has only managed to score one so far; the opener in the 2-1 victory over Motherwell on 11th November although the ex-Den Haag player did return as substitute in the Celtic match, coming on for Dempsey in 74 minutes but had too little time to make a great impact.