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Aberdeen's Nikola Vujadinovic relieved to avoid limbo

New signings Nikola Vujadinovic and Andrius Velicka are paraded at Pittodrie
Vujadinovic and Velicka were signed on transfer-deadline day

Aberdeen newcomer Nikola Vujadinovic is relieved to have won his work permit battle and to have avoided being placed in footballing limbo until January.

The 24-year-old defender was signed on loan from Udinese but had his initial permit application turned down.

"The work permit was a big problem," Vujadinovic told the Dons' website.

"I might have had to stay at Udinese and only train and not be able to play games. That would be very bad for me to stay without games until January."

The nervous wait was a result of the deal with Udinese going through shortly before the closure of the transfer window - and without a work permit he would have been unable to play professionally until next year.

"It was very difficult because I didn't know when I came here that I would get the work permit," said the Serbia-born Montenegrin. "It was stressful.

I just want to play games and score goals and help Aberdeen reach first, second or third place

Aberdeen striker Andrius Velicka

"I went back to Udinese to train and did not know what would happen. Now I am back here and everything is ok."

Vujadinovic joined Udinese from CSKA Sofia in 2008 but was loaned to Romanians Unirea Alba Iulia last season after failing to become a first-team regular.

"It was disappointing not to play more at Udinese, but even training every day with the quality of players they have at the club was a good experience," he said.

Vujadinovic views Aberdeen as Scotland's third biggest club behind Rangers and Celtic, wants to help them back into European football and thinks they can win one of the domestic cup competitions this season.

The defender has been joined at Pittodrie by striker Andrius Velicka, who was part of a swap deal that took the versatile Ricky Foster to Rangers.

Velicka, whose recent career has been blighted by injury, was not fit enough to play in Lithuania's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Scotland and Czech Republic but is itching to turn out for his new club.

"I just want to play games and score goals and help Aberdeen reach first, second or third place," he said.

"I think I will get games here, which I didn't expect at Rangers after the injury I had. It was so bad I had to have two operations.

"People kept encouraging me to get better. I know I need to play games. I need to get back to my best and I feel I can do that here."

Velicka thought that his former Hearts team-mate, Paul Hartley, was the kind of creative player who could set him up with goals for Aberdeen.

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see also
Aberdeen win permit for defender
06 Sep 10 |  Aberdeen
Foster-Velicka in Gers-Dons swap
31 Aug 10 |  Scottish Premier

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