Mackie keen on Dons deal
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Darren Mackie's recent good form in front of goal looks likely to land him a new deal.
Darren Mackie's recent good form in front of goal looks likely to land him an extended stay at Aberdeen, as he bids to earn a new deal at Pittodrie.
The striker's stay at high flying Aberdeen appeared to be in jeopardy when he was offered to Dundee United in exchange for Lee Miller, prior to the close of the last transfer window.
When a deal failed to materialise, Mackie found himself playing second string football but with his future seemingly in doubt, the Aberdeen-born hit-man rose to the occasion in grabbing four goals in the past week.
"With all those goals, it's been a great week for me," he told the Daily Record.
"If I can maintain this form and keep scoring hopefully that will be enough when it comes round to talking about a contract because I would love to stay at Aberdeen.
"Jimmy Calderwood knows what I am all about. It's just a matter of showing him that I can do my bit for the team.
"Moving to Dundee United was not something I considered. When I heard about it I told the manager it wasn't for me.
"I wanted to stay and fight for my place, he was happy with that decision and I'm delighted I stayed.
"My confidence is high. That comes from scoring goals and playing well but confidence is high throughout the club."
Dons chief Calderwood remains a firm admirer of Mackie's capabilities, holding up his incessant work-rate as being an example to the rest of his team-mates of what he is looking for.
"Darren knows what I think of him and the rest of the team all know what I think of him," said Calderwood.
"In five of six team talks I have used him as example of the attitude I look for.
"We are all limited in what we can do but you always want players with that sort of character and determination in your side."