Aberdeen striker joins Airdrie as boss hails 'natural goalscorer'

-Credit: (Image: AFC)
-Credit: (Image: AFC)

Airdrie have made their second summer signing inside 24 hours after the arrival of striker Aaron Reid from Aberdeen.

The Diamonds confirmed the arrival of defender Dylan MacDonald from Lowland League champions East Kilbride yesterday and now Rhys McCabe has added Reid, following the expiry of his contract at Aberdeen. He now links up with fellow former Don Mason Hancock at New Broomfield.

He has made a number of loan spells while attached to the Pittodrie club, featuring in the lower leagues at Elgin City, Peterhead and Formartine.

The 20-year-old forward told the club website: “I’m a holdup striker that can go down the channels and in behind as well, so I’ve kinda got a bit of everything about me to be honest!

“After speaking to the manager about the way that Airdrie play, I think the style would suit me very well - so I think it’s a bit of a no-brainer for me. This would be the best place for me to continue my development.

“I know Mason quite well, so I’ve been keeping an eye on how he’s been doing. Looking at results and watching some of the games, I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen. I’m looking forward to getting going.”

McCabe says it has been an impressive calendar year for Airdrie but hopes to end it on a high
Airdrie boss Rhys McCabe -Credit:DAILY RECORD

Boss Rhys McCabe was delighted to bring in the 6’4” striker and said: "We’ve done a wee bit of work in terms of Aaron, he’s a striker who offers something different to what we have just now. He’s at a good age, and he’s done really well wherever he’s been. He’s had a good pedigree growing up at Aberdeen, and went out to play men’s football and banged loads of goals in.

“He’s a natural goalscorer, and another one who fits the club’s model with attributes that we can develop and kick on to another level. In terms of the fundamentals, he’s certainly got talent in abundance.”

The Diamonds will return for pre-season training later this month and kick-off their competitive 2024/25 campaign in the Premier Sports Cup at home to East Kilbride in the group stages.

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