Wylde Completes Aberdeen Move

  • June 24, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton midfielder Gregg Wylde has joined Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen on a free transfer.

Wylde was a free agent after being released from his Wanderers contract last month, having failed to make a single senior appearance during his time at the Reebok Stadium.

The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Pittodrie and Dons boss Derek McInnes believes he has signed a player with something to prove.

"Gregg is a player who will give us real pace and good balance, which is something I felt the team needed," McInnes told Aberdeen's official club website.

"He is a young player who has had a couple of frustrating years with injuries and not playing first team football but he is a player with great ability and is someone who I am sure will be hugely beneficial to the team. I'm really looking forward to working with him and continuing his development."

Wylde admits his time in England was frustrating but he is looking forward to working with a manager who showed interest in him prior to his time with the Trotters.

"I am delighted with the move and I am very much looking forward to pre-season which starts on Wednesday and then the season ahead," Wylde said. "I am glad everything is done and dusted and I am looking forward to focussing on my football again.

"The manager phoned me a couple of weeks ago when I was on holiday. I then came and spoke to him when I got back. He sold AFC to me when he told me about the club and the fans. I am here for three years and during that time I want to have some success. I know the club finished in the bottom six last season but hopefully we can aim higher next season and do well in the cup competitions.

"My time in England was frustrating. It took a while for my clearance to come through when I first went down south, then the manager sent me out on loan for a while and I thought that might be the turning point but he (Owen Coyle) then got sacked and when Dougie Freedman came in he wanted to bring in his own players.

"I was not even getting a sniff of getting a game. I just want to get back playing again and want to enjoy my football again. I have really missed training all week and then playing on a Saturday.

"I am only 22 so I still have a lot to learn. I am really looking forward to getting started. I know it is my job in the team to help deliver goals for other players but I also need to chip in with some goals as well.

"It is a clean slate for me. I am very happy to be here. Derek McInnes is a very good manager. He tried to take me to Bristol City before I signed for Bolton. He is a great man to talk to off the park. As a coach he has very high standards and is quite demanding so as a player I am looking forward to that. He has also made some very good signings this summer."

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