McGinn pays emotional tribute to Aberdeen

Niall McGinn has completed moved to South Korean K-League club Gwangju FC, and has bid an emotional fairwell to the Pittodrie faithful.

"I am absolutely delighted to have signed for Gwangju FC," he said on Twitter.

"Since I met the club president a few weeks ago in Belfast I have been researching Asian football and Korean football in particular. I have been very impressed with what I have discovered.

"This is a new, exciting challenge for me, one that is very different to anything I have experienced in my career to date.

"When I joined Aberdeen in 2012 I had no idea of the great times that lay ahead.

"I want to thank Craig Brown, Archie Knox, Derek McInnes and Tony Doherty. I also want to thank all other staff at the club.

"The fans at Aberdeen also deserve immense credit and thanks. They took me to their hearts and I took them to mine.

"After five great years I am moving on but I will always remember my Aberdeen days very fondly. Without hesitation I can say that I will always be an Aberdeen fan.

"I am looking forward to continuing my career at Gwangju FC. I am the first Irish player ever to have signed for a Korean club.

"I will give this club the same effort and commitment I have given my other clubs to date and I’m sure I will pick up a few words of Korean along the way.

"Thank you."