MARK Reynolds has set his focus on winning silverware after signing a long-term contract with Aberdeen.
The defender has signed for four-and-a-half years and severed ties with Sheffield Wednesday after spending most of the last 18 months on loan at Pittodrie.
The 25-year-old is happy both he and the club have the stability provided by the permanent deal and now wants to make sure that is reflected on the pitch.
Reynolds, who moved to Wednesday from Motherwell for around £100,000 in January 2011, told RedTV: “We are settled here, the wife and I have just had a kid who was born in Aberdeen, we love it up here and it gives us a bit of stability, the club a bit of stability.
“We can work toward the future, and lock down a team who can go on and win things and be more successful than we’ve been. It allows me time to build something up here and get successful years back at Pittodrie.
“It is a great place to come to work every morning, things have jumped massively behind the scenes. I’ve only been here 18 months and I’ve seen lots of changes. Everything is going forward and in the right direction, so we can start getting results to mirror what is happening in the background.”
Aberdeen need a result at Easter Road tomorrow, when they face Hibernian in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round, to retain hope of winning something this season.
The Dons have not won yet in four games in 2013 and cup ties bring their own pressure at the club, given Aberdeen have not won a trophy for 18 years or reached a final for 13 seasons.Reynolds is aware of the pressure of the game but believes they can meet the challenge.
“We need to step up to that pressure and realise that this is a pivotal point in the season,” the centre-back said.
“People want to see us in the finals and see us winning trophies and the players want to deliver that.
“I think we can step up and provide the result. We are confident that we can change things around, and I’m personally confident that I can play and influence the team and try and do well.
“I know recent form has been poor and people are starting to talk about statistics, but a couple of wins and a win in the cup on Sunday can get us reignited and give us that second wind for finishing strongly.”