Aberdeen have announced that central midfielder Craig Bryson has left the club by mutual consent.

The 33-year-old arrived in the north-east last summer following a successful spell south of the border, most recently with Derby County prior to joining Derek McInnes’ team.

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Craig Bryson has left Aberdeen. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

But a run of injuries has hampered his influence in red. Overall he’s made just 14 appearances for the Dons, 12 of which came in an injury-plagued 2019/20 campaign that was stopped early.

With considerable midfield options like Ross McCrorie, Lewis Ferguson, Funso Ojo, Dylan McGeouch and Dean Campbell, Bryson was facing challenges to crack McInnes’ XI this season.

A decision has been made to free him from his contract early. McInnes says it’s through no fault of his own that his Pittodrie stint hasn’t worked, but it’s best for all involved that Bryson leaves the north-east.

“It is with a heavy heart that we’ve reached this point with Craig,” said McInnes. “Throughout his time with us he has been faced with challenges but despite that he has put everything into trying to overcome those. Unfortunately, this has impacted the influence that both him and I wanted him to have on the team.

“This is through no lack of effort on Craig’s part, but we feel this is the best conclusion and we wish him well in his next move.”

Aberdeen return to action this weekend when they take on Kilmarnock at Pittodrie. It’ll be the first time in six months that fans are allowed in the stadium, with the match a test event for the reintroduction of fans in the wake of the global health pandemic.

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