HE has made more than 400 appearances for Aberdeen – 40 of them this season – and served under five Pittodrie managers.

But, with the current campaign just five fixtures from concluding, Andrew Considine is uncertain whether he’ll continue with his hometown team next season.

The defender’s current contract expires in the summer and while he has been offered a new deal, there has been no agreement between him and the club over its duration.

The 32-year-old has been outstanding at centre-back after years of duty at left-back and places a desire to remain at the heart of the defence as a priority, although with Mikey Devlin and Scott McKenna in situ, as well as an expected new recruit, he recognises the difficulties he faces should he decide to remain with the Pittodrie club.


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“I am not sure of the length of the contract [on offer],” he said. “We have had conversations with the club and we will see if we can get to a middle ground.

“I know what I have in mind but we will see if the club is willing to entertain it. I would love to be here when the new training ground and stadium are up and running.

“Conversations are still on-going so we will see what happens. I’m hoping something will be resolved within the next couple of weeks.”

Considine made his debut in May 2004 under Steve Paterson and has played under Jimmy Calderwood, Mark McGhee, Craig Brown and McInnes.

Today, he will be in his usual position as Aberdeen bid to cement third place in the Premiership by beating fellow Europa League contenders Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. And Considine is pleased to have had the chance this season to demonstrate his ability to operate in his preferred central role, with Devlin unable to dislodge his team-mate despite making a full recovery from an injury sustained on Scotland duty.


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“The biggest thing for me has just been playing at centre-half,” Considine said. “I’ve been lucky in a sense that, due to injuries and suspensions, I been given my chance and I’ve taken it and even though it’s as a right-sided centre-back, I’ve played there before when Mark Reynolds arrived and Craig Brown put me alongside him.

“So, I’m more than comfortable to be on the side, but the biggest thing is just playing centre-half.

"You’ve just got to keep focused and give your best week in, week out. I fought for the left-back spot when Graeme Shinnie came in, although Max Lowe is in there now and that pushed me into central defence where there is competition with Mikey, Scott and Greg Halford coming in as well.

“I’ve always felt more comfortable at centre-half whether it’s left or right and I think that’s shown in my performances.”