Date: 26th March 2007 at 10:56pm
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Jimmy Calderwood will now have to scrape the Bosman deals available over Europe this summer as it has been anounced that utilty midfielder Gary Dempsey will part company with the Dons and head south to Yeovil Town.

An official Aberdeen source made the statement ‘Jimmy Calderwood announced that Gary Dempsey will be leaving the club.

‘The Irish midfielder turned down the chance to sign a new contract and will leave in the summer.’

Jimmy will be very disappointed to lose the player as he is still very much part of the team and the likelihood of European football as well as a new deal still not convincing enough to make Dempsey stay.

Yeovil are well placed at present for the chance of promotion either directly but should at least make the playoffs so Dempsey will have been lured by the possibility of playing in the Championship and the financial rewards that will earn him.

The English Championship had in 2006 an average attendance of 17,616 which is higher than the premier leagues on Holland, Turkey, Portugal, Russia and also slightly higher than the SPL.

In fact the Championship is the sixth best supported league in Europe with only “The Big Five” having better attendances on average so although Yeovil are hardly a club with a great tradition, a move there could be seen as a step up in some regards.

Whatever Dempsey`s reasons are, his current manager expects a big hole to be left when he goes in the summer.

Jimmy Calderwood said, ‘It is a big blow. He is a great guy to have about the place. He is always so positive. His decision to leave is purely for footballing reasons. I have a great relationship with Gary and fully understand his reasons for leaving. He just loves playing football and wants to be in the side every week. With Scott and Chris here that is not always possible.

I thought he was our best player at Ibrox the other week. He is a very good passer of the football and it won’t be easy getting in someone of his standard as a replacement.’

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