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Friday 29 Dec 2017
Winger signs deal to go back to Scotland

Winger Niall McGinn has returned to Aberdeen on a three-and-a-half year deal following his brief stint with South Korean side Gwangju.

The 30-year-old, who made eight appearances during his four-month stay with Gwangju in the K League, was delighted to have returned to Pittodrie despite speculation linking him with several other Scottish Premiership sides.

“I had a number of options and had some very good options,” McGinn told the Aberdeen official website. “So I just went back home and relaxed and did not rush into any decision.

“But once Aberdeen came calling there was only one place I was going. I am delighted to have everything signed. 

“I am over the moon that we got the deal over the line,” added the Donaghmore man, who played 223 games and scored 68 goals during his previous spell with the club. “I have really enjoyed my time off in the last three or four weeks and I am now looking forward to getting going again.

“I am well refreshed and I am eager to go again.”

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was also pleased to have secured the services of McGinn on a long term contract again commenting: “Niall is a player I really enjoyed working with in the past so I was really keen to work with him again when the opportunity arose.

“He has been right up there in terms of goals and assists over the past five years. If he can replicate what he has done for us in the past then we will all be very pleased.

“Being as good a player as Niall is, we were not his only option,” added McInnes, “It pleases us that he knew how happy he was here and I think that has played a big part in it. 

“He knows he will be well received and I am sure the supporters will show that.”