Zander Diamond has joined League One side Oldham Athletic on a one year deal following his departure from Aberdeen. Diamond had been linked with a move to Hearts last month, however a deal with the Tynecastle side collapsed when the defender failed a medical after being offered a three-year deal with Jim Jefferies side.
Despite that blow, the 26-year-old is now relishing the chance to prove himself in the English game.
Diamond said: “I cannot wait to get started. I spent nine years in the Scottish Premier League at Aberdeen and you can become stale. This is a fresh challenge and, when you look at the teams in League One, it is a competitive division. The chance to play in the cup competitions was also a major factor and a bonus and I cannot wait until the first day of the season.”
He continued: “It is a career-changing move for myself and the management and backroom staff sold the club to me. Once I had spoken to them, all I wanted to do was put pen to paper. I don’t think the negotiations took that long which benefits both myself and the team. I cannot wait to get started.”
Diamond spent a week on trial at Boundary Park before signing on the dotted line.
“They are a great bunch of lads who are young, enthusiastic and want to do well, and I want to be part of it which is why I signed,” he said. “My immediate goal is to do well here and I am not one who likes to look years into the future. I want to take each day and training session as it comes and I intend to enjoy every minute of it.”
Meanwhile the Pittodrie side have agreed terms with midfielder Kari Arnason, subject to the player passing a medical on Monday. The Icelandic international was on trial with Craig Brown’s side, making two appearances in friendly games for the Granite City side.
Arnason left financially stricken Plymouth Argyle in the summer after he refused to defer his wages and will join the Dons on a free transfer.
Capped 17 times for Iceland, Arnason can play both in defence and midfield and could make his first appearance in the Darren Mackie testimonial match against Villarreal on July 19th.