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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 May 2007, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Dons swoop to sign Dutch winger
Jeffrey de Visscher
De Visscher won the Dutch second division title last season
Aberdeen have signed the Dutch winger Jeffrey De Visscher from De Graafschap on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old right-sided player passed a medical before putting pen to paper on a two-year contract.

De Visscher scored 10 goals in a successful season for De Graafschap as they won the Dutch second division.

Dons manager Jimmy Calderwood is also hoping to add striker Robert Fik from WKE in Holland as he prepares for Uefa Cup football next season.

De Visscher, a former Holland Under-21 international, scored 10 goals and claimed 11 assists in 37 appearances as De Graafschap won the Dutch second division, the Jupiler League, by 12 points.

He previously played for FC Twente and Heracles Almelo, and joins the Dons on a free transfer after turning down a new contract with De Graafschap.

"We've been accused of lacking a bit of flair at times, despite making it to the Uefa Cup," Calderwood told the Evening Express.

"De Visscher is certainly capable of putting that right."

Calderwood - who has already signed defenders Lee Mair and Jackie McNamara for next term - believes that de Visscher is the wide player he had been desperate to land.

It will give us the chance to be far more flexible when it comes to putting opposing defences under pressure

Aberdeen manager
Jimmy Calderwood

The 26-year-old winger helped his side to the Dutch second division title and promotion to the 'Eredivisie.'

"Jeffrey normally plays on the right, but can do a great job on either wing because he is very direct and causes full-backs all sorts of problems," he added.

"He also scores goals, he got 10 for his club last season, so I'm sure he will help to raise the entertainment level.

"The arrival of De Visscher will also allow me to use Jamie Smith in a more central role or even push him further forward.

"It gives us the chance to be far more flexible when it comes to putting opposing defences under pressure."

Striker Fik is a former Dutch youth international who dropped down to amateur level because of personal problems, according to Calderwood.

"People may be a bit sceptical because Fik is coming in from amateur football at the age of 26," the Dons boss went on.

"But the amateur leagues in Holland are different to the ones here.

"Fik was also being chased by a host of other clubs because he was one of the most highly rated young players over there.

"I had no hesitation in offering him a full-time contract because he is determined to rekindle his career and will be a real handful for defenders in the SPL."

Aberdeen already have Dutchman Karim Touzani - who recently signed a new two-year deal - in their squad.



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