Dons boss turns to Young
Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood has defended his decision to re-sign Derek Young.
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 31/07/07 11:36pm
Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood has defended his decision to re-sign striker Derek Young.
Calderwood moved to snap-up the 27-year-old on a free transfer after deciding not to offer Dutch trialist Arafath Heuvel a deal.
However, the move to sign Young - who angered many of the club's fans when he refused to accept a pay-cut to and quit Aberdeen four years ago - is certain to receive a mixed reaction at Pittodrie.
But Calderwood insists he will bring the best out of the former Dunfermline, St Johnstone and Partick Thistle man and get his career back on track.
"I know exactly what type of player I'm bringing in and he's a winner," Calderwood told the Daily Record.
"I need players I can rely on to do a certain job. Derek can do that in various positions, which is so important when you're working with a small squad.
"He knows the management style and standards we demand. He also knows the club and still has a lot of friends here.
"He's a great character and will be popular and valuable addition to the squad. He's been very unlucky with injuries and his career went downhill in the last year or so.
"He was doing handstands when I offered him the chance to come back and I'm glad to have him aboard."
Young, who has signed a two-year deal, added: "I can't wait to get to get back to the club because while I experienced some difficult times there, I love Aberdeen. I've always said that.
"All I want now is to show Jimmy he was right to sign me and prove I can do a job for him and Aberdeen."