Aitken Put Me through a Year of Hell .. I Never Want to Talk to Him Again EXCLUSIVE: By PAUL KANE; BITTER DONS STAR HITS OUT AS HIS PITTODRIE NIGHTMARE ENDS
Grahame, Ewing, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Paul Kane walked out on Aberdeen last night for Norwegian side Viking Stavanger - and then vowed NEVER to talk to Roy Aitken again.
The midfielder became the second British player to take advantage of the Bosman ruling - just two days after his pal John Collins made history by leaving Celtic for Monaco.
Kane's move came exactly 12 months to the day that he was last included in a Pittodrie first-team squad.
And he insists he has been put through a year of hell by Dons boss Aitken since helping the club win their survival battle with Dunfermline last May.
He claims Aitken withdrew the offer of a new contract, froze him out of the first team, forced him to train with kids and STILL demanded a transfer fee for him.
But now the Dons won't receive a penny for Kane - and th 30-year-old is delighted.
He said: "I'm not upset they're getting nothing. They're still insisting on a fee but they won't get one.
"My life is finally back in my own hands rather than Aber-deen's and I'm delighted. But I won't forget the year I've had.
"My agent, Raymond Sparkes, called Aberdeen out of courtesy once the deal had been agreed. But I won't be talking to them.
"Roy and I used to be pals but things will never be the same again between us. I can't see me speaking to him again."
Yet a year ago, Kane thought his future was guaranteed.
He said: "The day after we won the play-off to stay up, Roy told me he had still to receive the budget from the board but that he'd look after me.
"We arranged a meeting between our holidays but it never materialised. Then, the day before we started pre- season training, I went to see him.
"I was expecting to re-sign for another few years but Roy told me the contract he'd been told to offer me was so embarrassing he couldn't even tell me what it was.
"Then he told me I was a victim of circumstances and I was up for transfer. It came as a major shock.
"At first I wasn't too upset. After all, when Willie Miller took over I had been left out.
"I turned down a move to Hearts then because I wanted to stay at Pittodrie and I fought back into the side.
"I also turned down moves to Fal-kirk and St Johnstone last season for the same reason.
"But no matter how well I played for the reserves, it became obvious I wasn't going to be included in the top squad.
"In fact, I spent around three-quarters of the season training with the young boys rather than the senior players.
" I used to lose the head with the kids but I …
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Publication information: Article title: Aitken Put Me through a Year of Hell .. I Never Want to Talk to Him Again EXCLUSIVE: By PAUL KANE; BITTER DONS STAR HITS OUT AS HIS PITTODRIE NIGHTMARE ENDS. Contributors: Grahame, Ewing - Author. Newspaper title: Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). Publication date: May 23, 1996. Page number: 70. © 2009 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday. COPYRIGHT 1996 Gale Group.
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