Not the best kept secret, but the deal was finally done this morning after Lewis Ferguson extended his Aberdeen contract till the Summer of 2024.
Lewis joined Aberdeen on a pre-contract in the final weeks of the 2017/18 season from Hamilton and made his debut for the Dons on 20 January 2018 and has been a first team regular ever since.
Lews told the club website: “It was an easy decision.
“As everyone can see I am loving life up in Aberdeen and enjoying every bit of it.
“It is a long time, the length of the contract. And I have a lot to thank the manager and the club for. I have to thank them for replaying me with a new contact and I am just delighted. It shows that manager really trusts me and wants me here for the next few years.
“The manager and all the coaching staff have been brilliant with me, since the first day I came in for pre-season. That can only help me. And it is the same with the players as well. They are all top boys and that have really helped me because when I arrived at the club, I was still a young boy. When you walk into a dressing room that is very easy to fit into and everyone gets along, it makes things a lot easier. Then all the coaching staff are there to help you on the training pitch and that can only push you on.
“I have always just concentrated on the football side of things, I don’t worry about much else. But the contract does give me that chance to get my head down and work as hard as I can so I can perform out there.
“When I came up here I knew what I wanted. Since then I have worked ever so hard. I came up here with a plan. To start with it was to get myself into the starting XI. That is what I said when I was interviewed during pre-season. I wanted to show the coaches and the staff that I was capable of playing at this level. They have then given me that platform to go and play. I have a lot to thank them for. The only way I can repay that faith is by putting in good performances every week.”
And looking ahead he said: “As I say at the start of the season I was young and the likes of Bruce, Frank, Scott and Connor were all the same age as me. We all seemed to click straight away and I got on well with every one of them. And every one of them, I have played alongside at some point in the first team. They are all very good players.
“Connor is a nightmare for defenders to play against. I hate playing against him in training. He is so hard to play against because he can go either way. I am sure the fans know that from watching him. He is quick, direct and skilful. Bruce is a natural goal scorer, great finisher. I am glad to see him out getting first team football, the same with Scott Wright who is flying at Dundee at the moment. And hopefully it won’t be too long before Frank is back.
“There are a lot of young boys pushing through such as Dean Campbell. He is a quality player yet is only 17. He has many years ahead of him at this club and he will become a really good player.
“There are a lot of exciting things happening at the club. Getting the training ground gives the players the chance here to go out and work hard and train every day at a top-class facility. I am looking forward to training there and then playing at the new stadium.”