Shelbourne 1-2 Aberdeen: Wylde’s Pittodrie relaunch

NEW Aberdeen signing Gregg Wylde reckons his move down south turned him into a man. Now he is set to follow Niall McGinn’s example and relaunch his career at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen made it three wins out of three on the last game of their Irish tour. Derek McInnes’ new-look Dons have been impressive in pre-season and Wylde and other new signings Barry Robson and Willo Flood have hit the ground running.

Former Rangers winger Wylde went to Bolton Wanderers last year but didn’t kick a ball for the Lancashire club. He will try to kick-start his career in the north east but, although the move south was a flop in football terms, Wylde reckons it helped him in other ways.

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He said: “Sometimes you have to go back to go forward. Charlie Mulgrew did it by coming to Aberdeen from Southend and Niall has done it too by coming here. “Hopefully, I can get my career going again at Aberdeen too. I’ve worked on my game in England but I’m still young and I have a lot to learn.

“When I went to England it was just me and my girlfriend and I had to learn to cook and things like that, but it has 
certainly made me a man.

“I haven’t played a lot of football in the last year and a half. Since I’ve been down the road I’ve only played reserve football but I’ve managed 70 minutes in almost every pre-season game which is good.”