In a special interview with week, Andrew Considine sat down and spoke to the Red Matchday programme editor at length at the Malmaison Hotel in Aberdeen. Malmaison are a BOA partner. Thank you to the staff at Mal for the excellent hospitality!
“You have to sacrifice a lot. I wish I had sacrificed more, especially when I was younger – between the ages of 17 and 20. I wish I had my head screwed on a bit more. You need your rest, you need to eat well, you need to look after yourself. You have to.
“I always wish I had someone like Graeme Kirk around at that time, our sport scientist. I spent a lot of time in the gym but I got too big and too heavy up top. It was when Mark McGhee came in, he helped lose weight and I played some good football under him.
“But the biggest thing for me that has kept me going is a love of the game.
“Every day driving into the training ground, being able to do something that you love and play for my team, a team I have watched since I was a kid, it has been an absolute dream and I have been very lucky to have played 499 times for this wonderfully club. It has been amazing.
“My secret to playing that number of games, is probably keeping my head down and working as hard as possible.
“Especially on my weaknesses.
“Also the fact I have had to prove people wrong over the years who have doubted me. People have said I am not good enough. I have seen and heard it all, but you do grow a thick skin over the years. You have to.
“I really appreciate all the support I have received from the Aberdeen fans, since playing my first game to hopefully my last. They have been outstanding with me. They have shared my frustrations at times which is the way it is in football.
“We have shared some great memories and hopefully that continues.
“I have only scored 36 goals but to celebrate with them is what football is all about.
“It is a fantastic club and we have special fans.”
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