Date: 20th February 2007 at 2:56pm
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The ball is now in Aberdeen`s court after Yeovil Town have officially made their interests clear about wanting Gary Dempsey. The League One side have given Gary the safety and financial package he needs with a confirmed two year deal to join them when his contract expires at the end of this season.

Gary spoke of the dilemma he faces as he has already stated he`d like to stay at Pittodrie but naturally he must find the best option for him with regards to his private life as well as football.

Dempsey said ‘Yeovil have come forward with a good offer and, as things stand, it is the only option I have”.

‘I’ve been told Aberdeen want to keep me, but things can change from week to week and month to month,’ Dempsey added.

Yeovil have not set a deadline, but I want everything settled in the next week to 10 days so I have security for next season.’

Aberdeen have yet to put their terms on the table as Calderwood awaits news of his budget for next season but Dempsey now has serious bargaining power if the Dons wish to keep him as he can play the two clubs off each other.

Dempsey has figured in most of Aberdeen`s matches this season and Calderwood is well aware that he could be about to lose the talented midfielder but has not resigned himself to that just yet.

Calderwood said: ‘Gary has received the offer from Yeovil and I need to talk to him to see what we are going to do.

There will be an offer from Aberdeen eventually, but I don’t know if that is good enough for Gary.’

Of the recent poll conducted on Vital Aberdeen about which players are the priority to get re-signed, out of the six players involved, Dempsey came last but he was up against many fans favourites such as Russell Anderson, Jamie Smith and Darren Mackie and this does represent his value to the team.

Calderwood would be disappointed to lose the versatile player who he signed on amateur terms as he has watched Dempsey improve drastically since he first arrived and become a consistent first team pick.