Aberdeen’s Marley Watkins says his move back to the Scottish Premiership ‘happened quickly’ after his exit from Cardiff City.

The forward spent the first half of last season on loan at Aberdeen and has returned on a permanent basis until 2023, following his exit from Cardiff City during the summer transfer window. Watkins made a good impression under Derek McInnes and now current Pittodrie manager Stephen Glass sees him as an important player.

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Watkins is at Aberdeen after leaving Cardiff City. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Aged 30, Watkins has scored twice with the same number of assists in 15 matches for Aberdeen. The forward says that his first spell in the north-east was a big factor behind his return and the squad he has come to is better than the one he left.

Watkins said (RTV): “It is great to be back. It happened quickly and I’m looking forward to enjoying my football again and being part of this quality team. My first time up here was really enjoyable. I linked up well with Scott Wright and Ryan Hedges.

“I think we are even better as a squad now. When it all clicks I think we will play some good stuff and be really successful. We have made some quality signings and we have got winners in the dressing room. We have a mix of everything.”

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