David McNamee's Pittodrie switch held up by snow

David McNamee was 10 minutes away from becoming Craig Brown's first signing for Aberdeen last night before the blizzard conditions in the north east put his ambitions on hold.

The former Scotland full-back was about to land at Aberdeen Airport but the state of the runways meant he was forced to return to the Midlands, putting his move to Pittodrie on hold.

"I'd flown up from Birmingham and we were 10 minutes outside Aberdeen when the pilot was told that we wouldn't be able to land until 4.10, which was half an hour later," said the 30-year-old. "So we circled the airport for half an hour and then the word came through that the airport wouldn't re-open until five o'clock.

"It turned out that our plane didn't have enough fuel to wait that long so we had to return to England. Once we got back we discovered that they'd postponed the re-opening of Aberdeen until 7pm."

McNamee had been due to undergo a medical this morning before signing a deal until the end of the season.

He'd played in two bounce games for Brown and Archie Knox at Motherwell last week and was under consideration for a place in the squad to face the Steelmen tomorrow.

"It's incredibly annoying to have got so close and then to have everything held up by something as unavoidable as snow," said McNamee, a League Cup winner with Livingston in 2004.