Winter Of Discontent

Last updated : 05 January 2005 By Stand Free Ed
Jimmy Calderwood yesterday announced that Aberdeen have taken Icelandic striker Porarinn Kristjansson and Leeds United midfielder Jamie Winter on trial with a view to sign the pair. The players are available for free, and if they impress this week they will be added to Jimmy's paper-thin squad in time for the Old Firm encounters later this month.

Calderwood has previously been almost exclusively linked with strikers, as reported in last week's Stand-Free, so the fact that he is looking at Winter, a central midfielder, is welcome. This is doubly true as Scott Severin will find out later today if he is to require surgery to repair groin damage for the third time in his career. Aberdeen will hope not, even if former Scotland Youth team captain Winter has a successful trial period and is taken aboard the Pittodrie trawler. The Dons cannot afford many more injuries, especially in midfield, with last Monday's engine-room patched up with defenders and Markus Heikkinen still to decide on his future.

With Aberdeen missing out on unlikely moves for Stevie Crawford and Steve Lovell, Jimmy has turned his attention to more affordable targets. Kristjansson, who has scored 50 goals for his local side Keflavik, is the first to be assessed, but presumably the search will not stop there. With Dundee United wasting £80 000 of precious resources on 30-year-old English First Division failure Crawford, and Dundee asking a ludicrous half a million pounds for Lovell, it would be satisfying for Calderwood to turn up a striking bargain.