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LEWIS AGREES NEW CONTRACT

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HIGHLY-RATED keeper Joe Lewis has signed a five-year deal extension at Aberdeen.

The 6ft-plus shotstopper, 31, who was due to come out of contract in 2020, has had his future secured by Dons boss Derek McInnes.

Lewis has made 139 appearances for the Pittodrie outfit, keeping 53 clean sheets – 16 of which have come in the current campaign.

McInnes, speaking to the club website, said: “This is a really significant signing for the club.

“The length of the contract illustrates what we think of Joe and that we want him to be part of this club going forward. It also demonstrates how happy he is at AFC, which is great to see.

“It’s a real boost for us at a time when we are going to lose a number of key players this summer and it’s great to see a player of Joe’s calibre show that level of commitment to the club.”

Lewis has been one of the most consistent custodians in recent years after joining from Cardiff City in 2016.

In his first season he helped the Dons to both of the domestic Cup Finals where he was powerless to prevent Celtic winning the silverware on both occasions – 3-0 in the League Cup and 2-1 in the Scottish Cup.

And Lewis was unfortunate to notch up an unhappy Hampden hat-trick when the Hoops defeated the Pittodrie men 1-0 in the League Cup Final in December where Ryan Christie claimed the winner.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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