RYAN Fraser has only made 21 appearances for Aberdeen and has yet to score a goal, but the club announced yesterday that the 18-year-old winger has rejected a new contract offer after indicating a desire to play at a higher level than the SPL.
Fraser, who made his debut as a 16-year-old in October 2010, has been a revelation at Pittodrie in recent months, with his pace and trickery causing rival defences no shortage of problems. Already this season, opponents have picked up one red card and 19 yellows while trying to stop him.
But it is understood the Dons will now try to sell Fraser – whose contract expires at the end of this campaign – next month rather than risk losing him in a compensation deal. And it was clear from the statement released on their website last night that the club are unhappy at the player’s decision to move on.
It pointed out that Fraser has only played two full competitive games and made just 13 starts, while manager Craig Brown said: “The club made the player what was the best offer they possibly could and it’s very disappointing that he has chosen to see his future elsewhere.
“It was indicated to the club that Ryan believes he is ready to play at a higher level than the SPL and I have to say I think that is the wrong decision. He would be far better to continue to learn his trade here and I only want players here who are 100 per cent committed to Aberdeen.”
While Fraser looks set to join promising talents like Jack Grimmer (to Fulham) and Fraser Fyvie (Wigan) in leaving Pittodrie, there was at least some good news for Brown yesterday as 20-year-old defender Joe Shaughnessy signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2015.