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Just the one blemish on Logan's run so far

THE talismanic nature of Shaleum Logan's relationship with Aberdeen has not gone unnoticed, least of all by the player himself.

Shaleum Logan has only lost one game since moving to Aberdeen, against St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup semi-final. Picture: SNS
Shaleum Logan has only lost one game since moving to Aberdeen, against St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup semi-final. Picture: SNS

Since his arrival on loan from Brentford in January, the full-back has made 14 appearances and been on the losing side just once, against St Johnstone in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

It is not a bad record, and one that Logan has taken in his stride, though he admits winning the League Cup then marching past thousands of well-wishers on Union Street was rather overwhelming.

Victory over St Johnstone at Pittodrie today will confirm Aberdeen's place in one of the qualifying rounds of the Europa League and will offer Logan, a free agent at the end of the season, further food for thought on the issue of his future.

"I didn't think I would have a winners' medal in Scottish football when I started the season with Brentford in League One," he said.

"That's the first senior medal of my career and it's one that I will remember for the rest of my life. That's why nothing I've gone through before can touch that League Cup Final win and then seeing 80,000 people out on Union Street for our parade was amazing."

Logan's attacking play from the full-back position has been impressive and Derek McInnes, his manager, is keen to retain his services beyond the summer. The player, however, while ready to discuss such a possibility, has two children in Manchester to consider when decisions on where his next job will be.

"I don't know what's going to happen next season," he said. "But I'm sure me and Derek will sit down after this season is finished and hopefully sort something out. I have a little boy and little girl who are very much part of my life and for me to be happy they have to be part of that.

"That's why I'm not rushing into anything now but I will definitely speak to Aberdeen and hopefully we can get something sorted out."

The post-League Cup adulation might also play a part in the decision as he and team-mates have enjoyed the celebrity that accompanies success. "When you're in and around the city you get people coming up to you all the time saying we would be heroes if we made Europe," he added.

"It is different from playing down south. There is Chelsea, Fulham and QPR near-by, so Brentford are one of the smaller clubs.

"You still get recognised, but walking down Union Street or going for a drink you feel like David Beckham.

"They treat you like a superstar. It's something you experience at a club like Manchester City[his first club] but when you experience it on you're own it's totally different. It's something I enjoy and definitely could get used to. I have really enjoyed my time in Aberdeen. It's up there with any time in my career.

"If I am honest, I probably didn't think I would enjoy it this much. It's gone well past all expectations.

"I've enjoyed the city and the people. It is a job at the end of the day, but you want to be somewhere where you are happy."

Lee Croft is certainly happy. The winger is ready to pledge his future to St Johnstone. He has been linked with interest from today's opponents and Hibernian after sparkling since returning north in January on a short-term deal. But the 28-year-old feels at home in Perth, where he impressed on loan two years ago.

Yesterday he was even helping man the McDiarmid Park phone lines after training as fans began the rush for William Hill Scottish Cup final tickets. "The contract talks are going well. We are still speaking and hopefully we can come to an agreement as soon as possible," he said.

"I'm definitely keen to be here next season. Everyone knows how much I enjoy it here. There's a good bunch of lads and I enjoy working with the staff so there's no reason why I wouldn't want to extend my stay."

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