McKenna signs new deal with Dons

Scott McKenna has signed a long-term deal with the Dons

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna has signed a new improved contract to keep him at Pittodrie until the summer of 2023.

The Scotland under-21 international signed a new deal in October to keep him at Aberdeen until 2021 but his displays for the Dons have led to him signing on for another two years.

McKenna said: “It was an easy decision. It was only mentioned to me last week, so it did not take at all long to get sorted. I love being at this club, I love working with the manager, all the staff and we have a great dressing room.

“I am very settled here and now I can just focus on my football.

“Football is all about looking forward and not looking backwards. I cannot relax and need to keep working hard so I can kick on. I still have a lot to learn in the game.

“The manager has always been brilliant with me. Since I came in as a 16 year old he has looked after me very well. When I play in the first team, he does not put too much pressure on me. He lets me go out and do my job.

“There is a lot to look forward to.

“There are quite a number of AFC Youth Academy players on the fringes of the first team squad so hopefully they can make the breakthrough like myself.”

Manager Derek McInnes is delighted McKenna, who has been with the club since the age of 11, has committed his future to Aberdeen.

The Dons boss said: “It’s fantastic news for a brilliant young man and for everyone at the club.

“Scott’s earned this improved contract through his strong performances and he’s been a pleasure to work with since day one. I’m looking forward to Scott being part of a strong and successful Aberdeen team going forward.”