Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes backs David Goodwillie to shine

David Goodwillie is paraded at Pittodrie after signing for Aberdeen
David Goodwillie has been backed to shine at Aberdeen after signing a one year contract

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes reckons Pittodrie is the perfect place for David Goodwillie to rediscover his best form.

The Dons beat off competition from Kilmarnock and St Johnstone to sign the striker on a one-year contract.

Goodwillie has struggled since making a £2m switch to Blackburn in 2011, but McInnes has backed him to shine.

"He's coming into a team full of good players, and I think he'll thrive with the players we have," said McInnes.

"I'm very pleased, he's a striker of real quality, capability and is someone who, when I played with him when he was younger, I always felt he was destined to have a top career.

"It wasn't so long ago when he had that big money move and a lot was expected of him. Since then it's not quite happened for him and we're fortunate to be in a position to get him, and he's fortunate to be coming to a club like us.

"If he invests in us the way we're going to invest in him, we'll give him every opportunity to be the player he can be, and I want him to take this opportunity. He chose us over a few other options he had in Scotland, and he's made a good decision."

McInnes played beside Goodwillie, 25, when the front-man was coming through the ranks at Dundee United.

The three-times capped Scotland striker only found the net five times for Blackburn following his move, and returned to Tannadice on a six month loan deal last season, scoring six goals.

"The times we played against United last season, I was concerned when he was playing and delighted when he wasn't," added McInnes.

"Our supporters have always taken to players who work hard and represent the shirt well, and as much as we enjoy our work at Aberdeen, he's coming into a dressing room where he's going to have to work hard to get himself in the team.

"I certainly feel that after speaking to him, and it was important that I got that gut feeling, that he is a player who sees this as a real opportunity, and an important move for him.

"I met him on Friday, he said he wanted to sign immediately, he got a good feeling about coming here, his agent then stopped speaking to other clubs and before we'd even discussed what the deal would look like he'd made his mind up that he was coming here."

Goodwillie is not eligible for Aberdeen's return match against Daugava Riga in Europa League qualifying, but would be available for the next round against Groningen should the Dons convert their 5-0 lead into an aggregate win.

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