Dons confirm signing of Gregg Wylde
Aberdeen FC is delighted to confirm the signings of former Bolton player Gregg Wylde and Lawrence Shankland from Queens Park.
Midfielder Wylde has put pen to paper on a three year deal with the Club.
Aberdeen beat off competition from a number of clubs to land the signing of the pacey winger. The 22 year old is a former Scotland U21 team mate of Ryan Jack and Peter Pawlett and alongside other signings Barry Robson and Willo Flood will form an exciting new look midfield.
The manager was thrilled with his latest addition to the squad. "Gregg is a player who will give us real pace and good balance, which is something I felt the team needed.
"He is a young player who has had a couple of frustrating years with injuries and not playing first team football but he is a player with great ability and is someone who I am sure will be hugely beneficial to the team. I'm really looking forward to working with him and continuing his development."
The manager is equally delighted with the capture of 17 year old striker, Lawrence Shankland, who has signed a two year contract with the Club.
Derek commented. "I'm delighted to have secured Lawrence. He scored a lot of goals for Queens Park last season and we feel he is an excellent acquisition for the Club.He will now gain the benefit of training full time and will play regularly at Under 20 level with a view to forcing his way in to the first team.
"Lawrence is definitely one for the future with the potential we see in him. He has shown a great deal of maturity to score as many goals as he did last season in the third division and by working closely with Neil Cooper, myself and Tony he will only continue to improve.
"It is important as a Club that we continue to monitor the lower leagues as there is a lot potential there and it is important to give these players the opportunity to progress from these lower divisions.
"As a Club would like to extend our thanks to Queens Park FC who have been a pleasure to deal with throughout negotiations. We wish them all the very best for the season ahead.
Chief Executive Duncan Fraser added. "I would like to put on record our thanks to Queens Park. Derek and the Board at Aberdeen FC feel that there is a need to recognise the contribution they have made to developing a very good youth system in recent years. To maintain that system there is a requirement to raise donations and it is only right that we make a contribution to that and continue to do so as Lawrence develops further.
"I hope this is the start of us developing stronger relationship with an excellent Club"
Gregg and the manager will meet the media this lunchtime. RedTV will bring you exclusive interviews with the player shortly afterwards.