Highly Rated Young Defender Joins Dons

20 June 2022
Author AFC Media Team

Jayden Richardson Puts Pen to Paper on Three Year Deal

Aberdeen FC has tonight completed its second signing of the summer with the arrival of Nottingham Forest youngster Jayden Richardson.

The 21-year-old right back, who is a product of the Nottingham Forest youth academy, joins the Dons on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Jayden signed his first professional contract with the East Midlands club in April 2019 and having been named in the Nottingham Forest first team squad ahead of the 2019/20 season, has enjoyed successful loan spells with Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers, progressing to the League Two play-offs with each club and to the final at Wembley with Exeter in June 2020.

The highly promising full back made his debut for Nottingham Forest last season against Bradford City in the EFL Cup in August and went on to make four first team appearances before joining city neighbours Notts County on loan. He made 25 appearances and helped the Magpies secure a place in the National League play-offs.

The attacking right back possesses good pace and will be a high-quality addition to the squad as manager Jim Goodwin explains: “Jayden is a very young and exciting prospect. He is only 21-years-old and still has some room for development but we believe he has all the attributes needed to help improve our team. Hopefully, we will get the best out of him in the months and seasons ahead.

“He is a very quick, dynamic, and attacking full-back who I am sure will use this as a platform to go and prove himself. I am confident he will handle the expectations of playing for a big club like Aberdeen.”

Jayden is looking forward to helping the Club get back to being a force in Scottish football again.

He said: “The opportunity for young players to come to Scotland and make an impact is clear to see. The Club itself is massive and I hope that I can play my part on its journey and really contribute to delivering success.

“Playing in front of big crowds is something all players aspire too, and I know football is a big deal in Scotland, and particularly for Aberdeen fans who are hugely passionate about their Club.

“I spoke to a lot of people before I signed and they could not speak highly enough of the game up here, and of Aberdeen. It’s an exciting time to be joining with a lot of new players and I just can’t wait to get started, I’m ready for it.”