Dons complete Zola signing

Aberdeen have signed striker Calvin Zola on a two-year contract after he decided to leave Burton Albion.

Last Updated: 18/06/13 at 19:55 Post Comment

Calvin Zola: Signs for Aberdeen

Calvin Zola: Signs for Aberdeen

Aberdeen have signed striker Calvin Zola from Burton Albion.

The 28-year-old has penned a two-year contract after deciding to leave Burton following their unsuccessful npower League Two play-off campaign.

Zola, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, began his professional career with Newcastle but failed to make a first-team breakthrough.

The 6ft 3in forward went on to play for Oldham, Tranmere and Crewe before spending two and a half years at Burton, where he struck 16 goals last season.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to get Calvin on board as our third signing of the summer. He has all the attributes which I think will be beneficial to the team and he will complement our forward players.

"He is at a good stage in his career, he's at a good age and when I spoke to him I felt he had a real enthusiasm to be part of something here at Aberdeen."

McInnes previously signed former Dundee United midfielders Willo Flood and Barry Robson, and is also trying to secure the signing of former Rangers winger Gregg Wylde amid competition from the likes of Motherwell.

Zola was attracted by the challenge of restoring Aberdeen's fortunes after four consecutive bottom-six finishes in the Scottish Premier League.

He said: "I was interested straight away because Aberdeen are a very big club that are well known throughout Europe, not just Scotland.

"They are a massive club with a great history and I know they have a great fan base who are very passionate about the club.

"I know a few people in football who actually played for the club including Zander Diamond. Everyone I spoke to including Zander confirmed what I already knew, that made the decision quite easy.

"I came here because I can be part of something special if we can bring the some glory back to Aberdeen. It is a great challenge for me as a footballer, something I am really looking forward to.''

Zola added: "I was impressed with the manager when I met him and his vision for the club.

"He also understood exactly what stage of my career I am at and what I want to achieve. He is a good manager who does things the right way and does his homework.

"I am sure the players will buy into what he wants to do here. I am very much looking forward to working with him and I am sure he will get the best out of me.''


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Champions League: Emergency keeper sends Ludogorets through to group stage

Emergency keeper Cosmin Moti saved two penalties as Bulgarians Ludogorets Razgrad made the Champions League group stage.

Arsene Wenger confirms injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out until New Year

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to play again this year after having surgery on his injured ankle.

Villa and QPR shocked, Leeds lose

Aston Villa were shocked 1-0 at home by Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup second round, while QPR lost at Burton and Bradford beat Leeds.

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property