Calderwood invests in youth
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Aberdeen have secured a three-year deal for hot prospect Chris Maguire.
Aberdeen have invested in the future, by tying down hot prospect Chris Maguire on a three-year deal.
The energetic 17-year-old burst on to the scene with an influential debut in the 2-2 draw with Celtic in the last game of the season.
He came on with half an hour to go in the match to turn the game on its head. His vision proved decisive in both goals as The Dons came back to earn an unlikely point against the Scottish Premier League champions.
Aberdeen director of football Willie Miller hailed the deal as potentially a seminal moment for the Pittodrie side.
"We're all extremely pleased Chris is staying here," he told the Daily Record.
"He is one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football. You could see by the supporters' reaction to his performance in the Celtic match they are as aware as we are that he has the potential to be something special.
"His signing also underlines our intentions for the future which is to develop our young talent at this club to the point where they are first team regulars and hopefully attracting the attention of the national team."
The young man himself has a great deal of self belief, a fact boss Jimmy Calderwood (pictured) will have to harness if he is to succeed in his quest for glory with The Dons.
"I'm really settled in the area and at the club, and at this stage of my career this is the best place for my development," the youngster commented.
"Having had a taste of top team action I want more. Although I'm still very young, I'm determined to show the manager I'm capable of playing at that level.
"We finished the season on a bit of a high against Celtic and we're all confident that next season we will be up there challenging at the top."
United are also set to add Dundee goalkeeper Derek Soutar to their squad on July 1, as Calderwood looks to find the right blend of youth and experience to bring success back to Pittodrie.