It’s a transfer saga that has rumbled on for some time now, but Aberdeen have finally confirmed captain Graeme Shinnie will be moving to English Championship side Derby County this summer.
Since joining the Pittodrie outfit, Shinnie has made 185 appearances, becoming a key part of the Dons’ midfield. He will no doubt be a massive miss for Derek McInnes’ side next term.
Shinnie told Red TV that it wasn’t a decision he made lightly: “It was a tough decision. A really tough decision. The club did everything they possibly could to keep me which was such a good feeling and I appreciate everything the club have done for me over the past four years.
“The club and the manager have been different class with me, and I can only thank them.
Shinnie believes it is time for a new challenge
“The four years I have had at Pittodrie, I have some great memories but I just felt the age I am at and having a chance to go down to England and play at club who are trying to push to get into the Premier League, this is an opportunity I could not turn down.
“I feel now is the right time for me to go to England and try it down there.”
This transfer story has persisted for months. It always seemed likely though that this was going to be the Scotsman’s last season in Aberdeen.
Shinnie has been an ever-present since arriving in the Granite City. Now entering the peak of his career, if the Scotland international wanted to test himself in England, it had to be now. If he waited another season, the opportunity may have passed him by.
Whilst many were expecting the news, some Dons supporters still sent their best wishes to the club captain as he prepares to embark on a new chapter in his career.
Thank you for everything Captain, good luck at Derby and the chance of playing in the Premier League ❤️❤️ Don for life
— BanditøBøy21 (@Chromoboy99) May 7, 2019
Good luck to him. Gave us everything he had while he was here #Standfree
— David Fowlie (@dandyfowlie14) May 7, 2019
😭😭😭 one of the best players I’ve watched play for us. Gave 100% evertime. 💪
— Mince Staples (@Gashrambler) May 7, 2019
Thanks for everything who knows maybe one day you will be back?!
— euan milne (@euanmilne1) May 7, 2019
Thank you Captain @Shinzzaa ❤️❤️
— D 🇦🇹 (@DanielleWillox) May 7, 2019
Deserves his move. Great player & captain and will be missed. All the best @Shinzzaa 🔴⚪️👏🏼 x
— Stacey ✨🏴 (@StaceyT29) May 7, 2019