The lure of playing European football was too strong for defender Shay Logan to turn down after he agreed a two-year contract with Aberdeen yesterday.
The 26-year-old right back, who joined on loan from Brentford in January, has agreed a pre-contract with the Pittodrie side and will sign a permanent deal at the start of July.
The Englishman played an important part in helping Derek McInnes’s side to a League Cup final victory against Caley Thistle as well as a third-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership.
Logan, who came through the youth ranks at Manchester City, is now keen to help the Dons make their mark in the Europa League.
He said: “I made the bench a couple of times with City for European games although I never actually played.
“I was on the bench against Hamburg and Real Sociedad away. They were good ties and I would have loved to have played in them.
“There are three qualifying rounds in the Europa League but we have the team to get through to the group stages.
“We might play some teams who are not as good as Celtic, but they play regularly in the Champions League and we gave them some right good games last year.
“I believe we can perform in the Europa League.”
McInnes was pleased to get the deal agreed so soon into the summer transfer window.
He said: “We’re really pleased to get Shay. He will no longer be on loan and will be an Aberdeen player. That’s really important.
“He showed enough in his loan spell with us last season in terms of his qualities and we’re just looking for that consistency of performance in the future.
“We’re delighted he sees Aberdeen as the place to play his football and we’re looking forward to working with him again.”