Date: 10th April 2009 at 2:01pm
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It may seem a strange time for it but Aberdeen FC have brought in a trialist, Belgian Defender, Pieter Collen. Collen, currently plays in, yes you guessed it, Holland, with SC Cambuur (now the club of former Aberdeen winger, Jeffrey De Visscher). The Belgian defender has a UEFA Cup winner`s medal with Feyenoord and two international caps but since then has had a number of clubs around Holland and Belgium, where he has failed to truly establish himself because of injury. Collen told the Evening Express:

This is a chance to get my career back on track.
“I have played in the Champions League and won a UEFA Cup medal with Feyenoord – I need to be playing at a higher level.
“At 28, I am still at an age where I have many good years left in me and I want to play at Aberdeen to raise my profile.
“Aberdeen are a big club and could potentially be playing in Europe next season.
“That is where I want to be and I am confident I could make an impact in the Scottish game.”
“I had a couple of injuries during my time at Feyenoord and was out for seven months with an ankle problem and then an abdominal injury,” he said.
“But I feel great now.
“Hopefully, I will get offered a deal as I have a good feeling about Aberdeen.
“I have won two caps for Belgium and performed well on both occasions.
“Moving to Aberdeen could really raise my profile and if I do well in Scotland it would hopefully be enough to force my way back into the Belgian side.”

Jimmy Calderwood spoke briefly to the Evening Express with regards Collen:

“Pieter has a very impressive CV with Feyenoord and my old club NEC Nijmegen.
“If anything were to happen it would be for next season, it has nothing to do with this campaign.”