Former Aberdeen skipper Russell Anderson has ended speculation by re-signing for the Club he left almost five years ago to move to Sunderland.

The Club can also confirm that Russell will return as Club Captain and be handed squad number 27.

The return of the 32 year old lifelong Aberdeen supporter is a huge lift to the Pittodrie club as manager Craig Brown outlines. "Russell has signed initially until the end of next season and, even although he is some weeks away from a return to full fitness, simply having him around the Club again is a tremendous boost to everyone.

"Our medical team and the player are confident that he will make a full recovery.

"Russell is Aberdeen through and through and his influence both on and off the park will be a massive confidence boost for all of us here."

Russell made 320 appearances and scored 18 goals in his first Dons spell and has 10 Scotland caps, all but one of which were gleaned during his time at Pittodrie.