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Wylde seals free Aberdeen switch

Jeff J Mitchell

It didn't take Gregg Wylde to find a new home after being released by Bolton Wanderers following the winger's failure to make an impact on the first team. Wylde has now officially signed for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League, nearly a year-and-a-half after leaving Rangers, following their financial issues.

Wylde was originally a target of Owen Coyle in the summer ahead of the 2011/12 Premier League season with Rangers ultimately rebuffing the Bolton manager's advances. The young Scottish winger would eventually make a Trotters switch later that season when he elected to leave Rangers in the midst of their financial mess to help save the jobs of some non-playing staff at the club. Despite statements from FIFA that Wylde's registration would be sorted out do to special circumstances, it never came with Bolton Wanderers relegated to the Championship on the final day of that campaign.

Many thought that Wylde would have a chance to make an impact in the 2012/13 campaign with him officially becoming a member of Wanderers that summer. In pre-season, he showed promise by connecting well with Marcos Alonso on the left-hand side. Despite all of that, Gregg Wylde failed to register a single senior appearance for Bolton before going on loan to Bury. His impact with the shakers was minimal at best and he was soon on the outs of the reserve side at Bolton as well. The winger was released by the club at the start of the summer.

Aberdeen have snapped Wylde up on a free transfer, signing him to a three year deal. Manager Derek McInnes seemed excited by the signing:

"Gregg is a player who will give us real pace and good balance, which is something I felt the team needed.

"He is a young player who has had a couple of frustrating years with injuries and not playing first team football but he is a player with great ability and is someone who I am sure will be hugely beneficial to the team. I'm really looking forward to working with him and continuing his development."