Aberdeen FC: Anderson taking it one year at a time

Taylor has replaced club captain Russell Anderson who has been missing through injury
Taylor has replaced club captain Russell Anderson who has been missing through injury

Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson is not looking any further ahead than next season after committing his future to the club for another year.

The Dons captain will be 36 in October but, having played his 400th game for the club against Motherwell on Sunday, Anderson believes he is good to go for another year.

He said: “It’s a good place to come to work anytime but being successful has made it an easy one to make.

“You are a long time retired and I’ll be able to play on next season but I’m looking no further than that.

“I’m pleased to have played so many games as I did. I had a break in October when I broke a bone in my hand and it would have been nice to have a break towards the end of the season.”

Anderson cites the successful central defensive partnership he has formed with Mark Reynolds as a key factor in his decision to continue for another season.

He said: “Playing alongside Mark, who has had an exceptional season, was good and we had a settled back four which helped.

“He covers well for me and that comes with playing games together. We understand how each other plays and he was rightly rewarded by being named in the team of the year.

“In some ways the game is easier to play now but I’m not as quick as I used to be.

“Thankfully, I have players who can do the running for me but what I have learned is how to read the game and know when to make a tackle. It was great to be offered another year on the back of this season.

“We spoke about it a while ago but with the games we had it was left on the backburner, but the decision to sign again was one which was made easily.”

Anderson is pleased he will be joined in returning for another campaign by fellow veteran Barry Robson.

He said: “It’s nice Barry will be back, too, as his experience and winning mentality is good for the younger players to see.”

The Dons will return on June 11 for pre-season training following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Motherwell and Anderson is determined to use the pain of missing out on second place as motivation for next term.

He said: “The manner of the defeat on Sunday was hard to take but if you look back over the season it will be viewed as a successful one for us.

“There is a bitter taste at the moment as we deserved more than we got on Sunday but we will pick ourselves up and go again.

“The manager said we have to use it as motivation to improve ourselves next season.”