Date: 20th May 2007 at 3:31pm
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Jimmy McNamara has spoken of his decision to join Aberdeen despite having more lucrative offers elsewhere.

A major factor in his decision was his belief in and respect for Jimmy Calderwood who sold Aberdeen to the Scotland internationalist to the end that Jackie said, “There was only one team I was going to join”.

ackie continued, ‘Jimmy sold the place to me straight away but I’ve always admired his style of play.

I had other options but he was the only manager I spoke to.

The progress at Pittodrie was a factor in my decision. But I’ve played against his teams before and I liked their movement and willingness to attack.

I watched them at Celtic Park last week and they were great. They were unfortunate not to take anything from the game.

He has a great bunch of kids here and hopefully I can lend my experience to the squad.

European football would be a great bonus – especially for the younger lads.

ackie is chomping at the bit to get make up for a season blighted by a cruciate problem but he`s played a major part in Wolves promotion push and believes his time on the treatment table is well behind him.

I had a long spell out injured at Wolves which was frustrating because I love playing.

I made my comeback in December and played 20-odd games so there are no concerns over my fitness.

I’m just disappointed the season is about to finish as I’d like to play on.’

ith clubs such as Hibs and Dundee United all tracking his signature, Calderwood is unsurprisingly delighted to have captured such a high profile star.

immy said ‘This is a massive signing for Aberdeen and it says a lot for the club because Jackie could easily have stayed nearer his family in the central belt.

He’s a great professional and a winner. He was a successful Celtic captain and has also been a loyal servant to his country.

Jimmy Nicholl knew him from their time at Dunfermline and speaks highly of him.

I have watched him over the years and we’re getting a leader on and off the park. Every manager is looking for players like that but very few become available within our budget.

I’ve said many times that we have a very quiet squad but Jackie will help change that.

I remember signing Ian Ferguson at Dunfermline and he did wonderfully well. I’m certain Jackie will be just as influential.

I spoke to Jackie a year ago in Majorca and we had a great chat about football but I never thought I’d have a chance of signing him.

The great thing is that I’ve never met a player who didn’t want to come to Aberdeen.

We didn’t sign some because I didn’t like what they had to say and others went elsewhere for financial reasons.’

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