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Aberdeen cut ties with long-serving defender Andy Considine amid leak row

Aberdeen cut ties with long-serving defender Andy Considine amid leak row

Aberdeen confirm club stalwart Andy Considine will depart in the summer; manager Jim Goodwin gave his view on how talks broke down in a heated club statement; Goodwin named wages, length of contract and playing time as reasons for disagreement.

Veteran defender Andy Considine will leave Aberdeen at the end of the season after a supposed leak about the 35-year-old’s contract situation “threw the club under the bus”, according to manager Jim Goodwin.

On Tuesday evening, it was reported the Scottish club had pulled the plug on Considine’s new contract following a private meeting between Goodwin and the defender’s agent.

Aberdeen have responded by confirming that Considine, who first joined the Premiership side in 2004, will end his near-two decade long association with the club at the conclusion of his current contract this summer.

In a statement published on the Dons’ website, boss Goodwin explained how he believes the club have been “thrown under the bus” and therefore forced to terminate any discussion over Considine’s new deal.

The statement read: “I feel compelled to let our supporters know the facts after my meeting with Andy was leaked which I feel has thrown myself and the club under the bus.

Considine has enjoyed an 18-year career at Pittodrie and Goodwin, who took over from Stephen Glass in February, thanked him for his service.

He said: “It goes without saying that everyone at the club thanks Andy for all his efforts over many, many years at Pittodrie and we wish him all the very best for the future when he does leave.

“The focus now has to only be about trying to win the game against Ross County on Saturday.”

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