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Nicholson to decide Dons future

Aberdeen midfielder Barry Nicholson
Which direction will Barry Nicholson's future take him?

Aberdeen will announce whether midfielder Barry Nicholson is to remain with the club within the next 10 days.

The 29-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season, but his future has been put aside ahead of their Scottish Cup semi-final.

Dons manager Jimmy Calderwood said: "We are going to get it sorted in a week to 10 days."

Nicholson said he must choose between a good offer from Aberdeen or seek a fresh challenge elsewhere.

Aberdeen persuaded defender Zander Diamond to sign a new contract.

But the Dons lost two key players in January when Chris Clark left for Plymouth Argyle and Michael Hart moved to Preston North End, the English Championship pair being able to pay much higher wages.

It is more about whether I want to try something different, not if I would make some money for myself

Aberdeen midfielder
Barry Nicholson

"The decision I have been making along with another couple of boys is whether to try something different," Nicholson said ahead of Saturday's meeting with Queen of the South.

"It's not really all about money as the contract that the club has offered is really good.

"It's still undecided, but I don't know if trophies or qualifying for European football is going to change the situation.

"The decision will be coming out in the open pretty soon."

Nicholson, who joined the Dons from Dunfermline in 2005, stressed that he was not unhappy at Pittodrie with Calderwood and assistant Jimmy Nicholl.

"I really love playing here and working under the two Jimmies, while there is a good atmosphere in the dressing-room," he said.

"But it's well known that the clubs down south pay more and, in the later stages of your career, you have to look after yourself a bit more.

"However, it is more about whether I want to try something different, not if I would make some money for myself."

see also
Plymouth snap up Aberdeen's Clark
16 Jan 08 |  Plymouth Argyle
Diamond prolongs Pittodrie stay
10 Jan 08 |  Aberdeen

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