It was a bit of a surprise earlier this summer when Craig Bryson decided to leave Derby County to join Aberdeen. Now he has revealed why he decided to move to the Dons.

He has moved to Pittodrie to play in the sort of games Derby might not have been involved in.

“Play in the big games”

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“I want to play in the big games, such as semi-finals and finals” he said, as reported by the Press and Journal.

He also disclosed that playing in Europe for the first time attracted him to the move.

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“I have been playing football for 16 or 17 years and I have never had the experience of playing in European competition. Hopefully this season we can get all the way through to the group stages.”

Recent cup record has been excellent

Aberdeen have regularly featured in cup finals and semi-finals in the last few seasons. There is a good chance Bryson could play in at least one of those games next season.

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As for Europe, the Dons begin their Europa League campaign against RoPS of Finland in a fortnight’s time. If Bryson is fit, he will be a key man for the Dons in that tie.

It remains to be seen if Bryson will achieve his goals during his time at Pittodrie. It will be a good season for the Dons if he can.


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