Ryan Fraser says geography played a small part in his decision to join Newcastle United during the transfer window.

The Scotland international spent seven years at Bournemouth following a move from Aberdeen in 2013, joining Newcastle United in the summer.

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Fraser joined  Newcastle United in the summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So far with the Toon, he has made eight appearances, scoring on his debut in Carabao Cup action. It’s earned him a spot in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for next week’s crucial triple-header.

He wasn’t picked in the first international squad of the campaign as the winger mulled over his future. Newcastle was eventually his destination of choice and there was one particular factor.

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Having spent so long down south, moving much closer to his native Aberdeen was something that appealed to him. Whilst he’d have gone several lengths to become a Toon player, being closer to home is a nice perk.

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Closer to home. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

“There’s a way of living in Aberdeen, where you need to work hard to succeed,” said Fraser (Shields Gazette). “I love Aberdeen, and I was there from a young age. I moved to Oman in the Middle East, but I moved back to Aberdeen again and loved it.

“Moving (away from Aberdeen) at 17 was hard. Now if we get a couple of days off, I’d love to go back home to Aberdeen and see the family.

“Everybody thought it was a big factor for me to move closer to Scotland, but Newcastle could have been a 20-hour plane journey away, and I’d still have joined here.

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A nice perk. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

“It just makes it nice that my mum and dad and family are three hours away. It’s a benefit, but not the overall factor why I moved here.”

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