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- Updated: May 11, 2012
FRUSTRATED boss Craig Brown has conceded that Aberdeen can’t even compete with the likes of English minnows Halifax, Rotherham or Rochdale when it comes to players’ wages.
Brown knows his wage budget is competitive in terms of the Scottish Premier League but reckons that most of our clubs can struggle to match what is on offer in England’s lower and non-leagues.
The former Scotland boss, who will hold talks with Inverness winger Johnny Hayes next week, has admitted it is a struggle but the one thing the SPL has in its favour is it can offer a better profile and stepping stone to bigger things.
Brown said: “It is easy to get rid of a player because it takes two minutes to tell them but it takes a couple of months to sign somebody because they all want to consider all their options and what is being offered.
“Terry Butcher does a great job because he gets players up and he has good contacts to get players up. What we can give the players in Scotland is a profile. They might be able to get more money for clubs like Rotherham but they are not on television 12 times in the season.
“We gave the likes of John Ruddy and Lukasz Jutkiewicz a profile when we took them on-loan from Everton at Motherwell.
Big Davie (Moyes) then sold them for £750,000 each. If I am trying to attract a player I will tell them I will give them a profile and let them play against the Old Firm but I can’t afford to give them more money than Halifax Town, Rotherham or Rochdale. They will get more of a profile up here and can put themselves in the shop window.”
Brown is out to sign a winger, central defender and a striker but even if he doesn’t get them he is confident his existing squad will be even stronger with the emergence of Jamie Masson, Cammy Smith, Declan McManus, Nicky Low and Joe Shaughnessy.
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