Isaac Osbourne signs Aberdeen contract extension

Isaac Osbourne
Osbourne joined Aberdeen in the summer after leaving Coventry

Isaac Osbourne has signed a new contract that will keep the midfielder at Aberdeen until 2013.

The 25-year-old was offered the new deal after impressing since his move to Pittodrie in the summer after being released by Coventry City.

Osbourne told Aberdeen's website: "I could not turn down the offer to stay on at such a big club.

"Hopefully, if not this season, next season we will get into a cup final or Europe. I want to be part of that."

Aberdeen's recent form has lifted Craig Brown's side to sixth in the Scottish Premier League.

And he has bolstered his midfield with the capture of former Scotland international Gavin Rae from Dundee and Stephen Hughes after the former Rangers, Leicester and Norwich player's short-term deal expired at Motherwell.

"At a club like Aberdeen, there is more opportunity to win something than playing for a team down south," said Osbourne. "There is a lot to look forward to.

"I did not bother speaking with my agent to see what offers there were down south. I just wanted to stay here.

"The only issues were personal ones with me being so far away from the family.

"At the end of the day, though, it is a job. I am enjoying it here, it is a good city to be in and, if I need to go home, I can still do so.

"It is in my best interests that I signed for another year."

Brown also expressed himself pleased with Osbourne's stay.

"I spoke to him yesterday and he had a big smile on his face," said the manager. "He is happy to be here.

"The players seem to enjoy it and the response of the fans to Osbourne and all the new players has been exceptional."

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