Atlanta United president Darren Eales has confirmed that versatile midfielder Jon Gallagher will extend his Aberdeen loan deal until the end of the season.
The Irishman has been a regular for Derek McInnes’ side this season, featuring in a number of roles. His initial deal only lasted until January though but his parent club will be extending that.
It’s the first bit of business between Atlanta and Aberdeen following the partnership announcement between the two clubs. It will see the Atlanta owner invest in the Dons.
Speaking to the Daily Record (page 44, 18/12/19), Eales said: “We want to get the deal tied up and it makes sense to continue it to the end of the season.
“It is really interesting as you get a real sense of what a club is about when a player goes on loan. He was given an opportunity to get the playing time and he has made the most of it.
“All credit to Aberdeen, the club and the fans, for welcoming him. It is an example of something that has worked really well for ourselves and for Aberdeen.”
Gallagher deal makes sense for Aberdeen
This is a likely boost for McInnes. Gallagher has featured in all but two of Aberdeen’s 18 league games this season. It’s unlikely that the Dons boss will want to lose someone who’s featured so regularly halfway through a campaign.
His versatility is a real bonus too. Whilst naturally a central midfielder, Gallagher’s proven he’ll do a job wherever you put him. He’s played behind the striker, on both flanks, and even as a centre forward.
Gallagher will try and perform wherever you play him. Having not broken into the Atlanta first-team as of yet he’ll be enjoying the regular senior games he’s getting at Pittodrie. Previous to that, he’d played 38 games for Atlanta 2.
It looks as if he’ll be a Don for a little while longer.