Diamond signs new Aberdeen contract

Zander Diamond has signed a new contract with Aberdeen through to 2011.

Days after the Dons announced Barry Nicholson, Chris Clark and Michael Hart had rejected offers, Diamond bucked the trend by pledging his future to the Pittodrie club.

Despite fears of an exodus, the 22-year-old was convinced of the club's ambition by director of football Willie Miller.

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Striker Lee Miller, who has been linked with a move to Blackpool, has also been offered a new contract.

And Diamond is hopeful that boss Calderwood, who tipped the defender as a future Dons captain, will follow his own lead in signing.

"Despite what was in the papers I was always keen to stay," the centre-back told RedTV. "There was interest from other clubs who contacted my agent, but Aberdeen have stood by me over the past 18 months when I had a loss of form and was injured so I was keen to discuss things with them first."

Diamond revealed his debt to Calderwood and management team Jimmy Nicholl and Sandy Clark had helped him reject the advances of clubs in the Coca-Cola Championship.

"They gave me a new contract when they signed three years ago," he said. "They gave me a new deal as soon as they came in the door - that was a factor.

"Hopefully the gaffer, Jimmy and Sandy can get signed up and continue to take this club forward.

"It's their decision but it's important because the gaffer has built the team. He has had a limited budget but he has spent wisely and got a few bargains."

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