Norwich City have confirmed the signing of Aberdeen youngster Archie Mair. The young goalkeeper is a promising prospect that the Dons wouldn’t have wanted to lose.

He joins the Canaries on a long-term deal. Mair will initially join up with the club’s U23 side.

McInnes’ side have lost a promising talent. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’ll not haunt them in the short-term, but in years from now, Aberdeen may look back on this with regret. The Canaries look to have robbed them of a great young talent.

Norwich have captured Mair before he reaches the top

There’s something special about this young keeper. Mair will probably be disappointed that he didn’t get much of a crack at first-team football, given how highly rated he was at Aberdeen.

Excellent shot stopping and brilliant with his feet, Mair has all the attributes of  great modern day goalkeeper. Senior chances in the goalkeeper position at Pittodrie don’t seem to be forthcoming though.

Mair moving to Norwich City seems to make sense. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Number one Joe Lewis is on a long-term deal. Tomas Cerny is an experienced backup. Given that Danny Rogers and David Craddock are both still contracted to the Dons too, a senior opportunity in the next few years would be unlikely.

That, factored in with the lure of potential Premier League football, will have made Mair’s mind up. He’ll probably be on a decent wage as well now.

Mair is destined for big things. Good performances for Norwich’s U23 side, perhaps even a loan out to a senior side, will see him fulfill his undoubted potential. Mair will have a long career in the game.

Carrow Road is Mair’s new home. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

A while back Aberdeen let a keeper named Scott Bain go. Now he’s Celtic’s number one and pushing to be Scotland’s main keeper too. The Dons will hope Mair goes on to great things, but at the same time, they’ll hope they aren’t made to regret his departure.

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