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McGhee praises Aberdeen trialists

Peterhead defender Neil McVitie is held off by Conor Okus
Okus (right) is one of six trialists out to impress manager Mark McGhee

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee says all six of his trialists remain in the running to win a contract after one win and a defeat over the weekend.

The Dons followed their surprise 3-1 reverse to Highland League outfit Fraserburgh on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Second Division Peterhead.

"All the trialists are different with different qualities," McGhee told Aberdeen's official website.

"They have all done quite well and have all given us something to think about."

Togo international Yoann Folly, who was freed by Dagenham and Redbridge, Pakistan cap Adnan Ahmed, who has left Ferencvaros, Jeff Smith, released by Darlington, and former West Ham United youth player Conor Okus are all hoping to impress in midfield.

We have won the game, but it is not any more significant than the result against Fraserburgh

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee

Wales Under-21 international Grant Basey, released by Charlton Athletic, and Robbie Williams, who was not offered a new contract by Huddersfield Town, are hoping that McGhee thinks they will strengthen his defence.

McGhee had said he was not too concerned about Saturday's defeat because he had thrown together a side combining trialists with first-team players.

And he was happier after the latest showing away to Peterhead.

"We have won the game, but it is not any more significant than the result against Fraserburgh. It really isn't," said the Aberdeen manager.

"I thought there was more legs about it. We had a bit more running in us.

Mitch Megginson (right) celebrates his goal against Peterhead
Megginson (right) opened the scoring for Aberdeen against Peterhead

"We have been working really hard in training each day, mornings and afternoons, all week.

"Maybe we suffered a bit from that against Fraserburgh, plus the boys were only put together for the first time.

"Grant Basey did not even know the names of the other lads as he had not trained with us, so it is difficult to go out and have a cohesive performance."

Mitch Megginson opened the scoring with a 30-yard curling drive after 60 minutes.

Fellow striker Michael Paton scored the second from the penalty spot after Clark Robertson was brought down in the box.

Aberdeen continue their pre-season - and their assessment of the six trialists - against Dunfermline Athletic on Wednesday.



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