More young players should move to Scotland - Miles Storey

Jayden Stockley (left) and Miles Storey
Strikers Jayden Stockley (left) and Miles Storey signed for Aberdeen in the summer

New Aberdeen striker Miles Storey believes Scottish football is unfairly criticised, and more young players from England should make the move north.

The Englishman moved to Pittodrie after enjoying a loan spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle last season.

"I always wanted to stay in Scotland," said Storey.

"The Scottish Premiership is a massive league, and if the opportunity was there for me to stay in Scotland I always wanted to stay."

Storey, 22, officially became a Dons player on 1 July and could make his debut against Ventspils in the second qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday.

The former Swindon Town player has had loan spells with numerous clubs in the lower leagues in England; playing at Salisbury Town, Shrewsbury Town, Portsmouth and Newport County.

Last month former Ross County manager Derek Adams, who is now at Plymouth Argyle, said League Two sides could compete in the Scottish Premiership.

Storey though says the experience of playing in England's lower reaches does not compare with playing in Scotland's top flight.

"No disrespect to the lower leagues in England but there's a lot more coverage up here and it means a lot more to the fans I think," he said. "There's obviously more TV games and that kind of thing.

"I've been on a lot of loan moves and I've been at Swindon since I was 16. But last year when I was at Inverness I really enjoyed myself.

"I really enjoyed playing against teams like Aberdeen, teams like Celtic, and playing against good players who play international football and you won't get that in League Two and lower than that.

Miles Storey (right) after scoring against Celtic
Miles Storey (right) celebrates scoring against Celtic for Inverness last season

"If anyone was going to ask me personally, a young lad if they should come up here, I would say yes straight away. Come up here and enjoy yourself.

"At the end of the season I had a chat with the manager here, and it was an hour of talking about football, his views on the club, the way the club was going forward, how he wanted his teams to play, and within an hour I had no more questions, I knew I wanted to come here."

Storey scored 13 goals in 37 appearances for Inverness, and is keen to make an impression for Derek McInnes' side despite fierce competition for places, with Adam Rooney and fellow new signing Jayden Stockley all vying for a starting spot.

"When you look at the strikers we have here now I think we all offer something different," he said.

"I like to run in behind, I'm quite direct, and play on the last shoulder of the defence. Rooney is a poacher, he'll finish anything. And Jayden is unbelievable in the air and he's a finisher as well.

"Whichever way we want to play, we've got an option."

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