Hedges: Cormack Park sold me on Aberdeen before it was even opened

Ryan Hedges celebrates after making it 3-2 to Aberdeen

Wales international Ryan Hedges admits he decided to sign for Aberdeen because of the Cormack Park, five months before it was officially opened.

Welcoming in a new era for the Pittodrie side, Sir Alex Ferguson insists it will help lure new signings to the club, as shown be Hedges who knocked back Barnsley before signing for the Dons.

Hedges said: “When I signed here the training ground was something that was in the pipeline.

“It all seemed so positive and I am here now – so it must have been a good trip.

“The training ground obviously helped because I want to be in the best facilities and within the best squad.

“I want to be in the best at everything and Aberdeen are on the way to making that work with the new training ground.

“When you see all the plans for the next few years it is an up-and-coming place and somewhere players want to be at.”

He does admit that there were a few other factors in play for him, he continued: “The training ground was not the be-all and end-all.

“However, like Sir Alex said when he opened it, the facility will help to attract and retain players.

“It is a stepping stone for Aberdeen.”

Joe Lewis Captain at Aberdeen FC takes part in the first training session at Aberdeen FC’s new facility at Cormack Park ahead of the SPFL fixture against Kilmarnock at the weekend. (Photo by Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

He added: “It is something I was always looking forward to seeing and now it has been opened it will be a huge lift for the club.

“Not just the first team players but the 21s, the 18s and the lower age groups as well.

“If you take a bus to training and back you cannot be out there working for all hours. We are all looking forward to the facility as it has an exceptional gym and all the facilities there that we need.

“It puts Aberdeen on the right path and shows everyone what the club want to be.”