Derek McInnes has confirmed he wants to tie Lewis Ferguson down to a new deal – and keeping the midfielder will be key to the Dons’ success.
Ferguson has rose to prominence this season after moving from Hamilton.
The 19-year-old is currently under contract until 2022 but McInnes confirmed he’s ready to open talks over a new deal.
Speaking to the Evening Express, McInnes revealed he spoke to Ferguson’s agent last month and hopes to sit down after the winter break.
So far this season, Ferguson has scored five times in 22 appearances – including a spectacular overhead kick against Burnley.
Ferguson also scored the winner against Rangers in the League Cup semi-final.
Tying down their best players – and rewarding those who consistently perform – is the right move by McInnes.
Scott McKenna and Sam Cosgrove earned new deals for their performances and it makes sense if Ferguson is next.
With the Dons only three points off top in the Scottish Premiership, McInnes’ side could mount a serious title challenge.
The Pittodrie side have been the best of the rest in recent years but, along with Kilmarnock, look set to challenge the Old Firm.
Ferguson’s performances have been a big part of that and he can help push the Reds to success in the near future.
A Scottish Cup run would go down well with the Red Army and their side will be one of the main contenders.
If Ferguson is tied down to an extended deal, it could well be the first of many success in the Granite City.