Today’s Media Conference
“It was a very easy decision for me to make. Things have been brilliant for me personally this season and I want to build on that. I very much like the thoughts of the new manager and I think there are exciting times ahead for the squad and for everyone involved with Aberdeen Football Club.
“This has been my best ever season as a professional player. I have loved playing through the middle and scoring all the goals I have done. I do of course have to say a big thanks to the previous manager, Craig Brown, for playing me there and for making that possible.
“Derek wanted to sign me before at a previous club and made it very clear I was very much part of his future plans which obviously played a part in my decision.
“I want to have days out at Hampden and win trophies. Maybe if a few more results had gone our way this season then we could have done that but I am confident about next season because of the work the manager has been doing. It will not be easy and there is still a lot more hard work ahead of us but there is much to be optimistic about.
“Hopefully we can finish off tomorrow with a win and three points then go and enjoy the summer. Everyone in the dressing room is really looking forward to next season already.
“Since the first day I walked into the club the fans have been tremendous towards me. The reception I get from them at the home and away games is fantastic. They are very supportive to me away from the pitch as well. I really appreciate it and one of the reasons I wanted to stay at the club.”
“Niall signing was very important for a lot of reasons. It is a very strong statement, not only for the players who are here and the supporters but for any potential signings. Niall has experienced a good season here and it shows other players that this is a good place to be. It sends out the right message.
“There is a lot to be said for being professionally happy. That does not always happen in your career. He has found a home here.
“It is a bold statement and I know it has boosted the players in the dressing room. You could see that at training this morning.
“I must add that Niall and his representative were very easy to deal with. There were no excessive demands and we managed to get everything agreed and signed very quickly. Niall is very settled; he is happy and was very keen to get it done.
“We will make other signings over the summer but getting Niall was pivotal to everything. We did not want to go through a full season knowing that Niall could be leaving. That would have been very unsettling for the player and the club. He can now just concentrate on his football.”
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