Date: 31st March 2007 at 12:17pm
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Big Zander Diamond has promised to return better than ever after transforming his life to make sure he`s in his best shape ever.

Zander has had a disappointing season and has seen his place in the team taken by another youngster, Andrew Considine as he`s battled with injuries and form but he`s back and in his own words says ‘I feel sharp and fully fit now, but I had to do a lot of hard work and make sacrifices to get to this level.

‘Sleep is very significant in recovering from an operation and I did that at the right times. I also changed my diet because I was determined to be 100% ready rather than 90% like before and I believe I have overcome that.

‘Before the operation I took injections and played with the injury, but they really didn’t help. It was important to get surgery and sort out the problem.’

Zander is clearly bursting to get back out on the pitch but he casts a thought to the man who he worked so hard with to get back to fitness with.

Diamond said: ‘Jamie and I came back into the mix at the same time and did a lot of rehab together. It’s a wee setback for him, but hopefully he’ll recover soon.

‘Being injured for so long has been frustrating, but that’s just a fact of life. Every match and every day is part of a learning curve and you pick up something all the time.’

Jimmy Calderwood has instilled the importance of claiming a European place and Zander is well up for the challenge of getting the Dons there.

He said: ‘I’m looking forward to the challenge which lies ahead. There are seven games left and we need a major push to qualify for Europe. We need to treat each game like a cup final.

‘It’s great to have that carrot dangling before us rather than be in mid-table with nothing to play for.

‘The manager told us today that getting into the Champions League or Uefa Cup would be like winning silverware and I agree.

‘Four of the seven remaining games are here and if we win a fair proportion and pick up points on the road we should get there.’