THIS season Ryan Fraser joined a list of youngsters to successfully come through the Aberdeen Youth Academy and graduate to a place in the English Leagues.
Fraser joined League Two outfit Bournemouth in the winter transfer window, following the likes of Chris Maguire, Fraser Fyvie, Jack Grimmer and to an extent even the current club captain and modern day cult hero Russell Anderson, all four decided to pursue their careers down South.
So far moves for these players have been bittersweet. Maguire left after a strong season which saw the youngster be given a Scotland cap by Craig Levein. The winger opted to join Derby County, but a lack of first team appearances saw him shipped out to a troubled Portsmouth side.
Now at Sheffield Wednesday, his career seems to have failed to live up to the hype he was receiving at the end of the 2010/11 campaign.
Anderson joined Sunderland in the summer of 2007 in a £1 million move, which also saw him donate his entire signing on fee to the clubs development scheme, to help players of the future get the most out of their careers.
Is it time for Alex McLeish to return to Aberdeen?
THERE was once a time when Alex McLeish and Aberdeen could do no wrong. Together they conquered the Old Firm stranglehold on Scottish Football, winning every domestic trophy in a decade of dominance that had the North-East buzzing.
Even when mistakes were made - Alex McLeish's pass-back sticking in the mud and leading to Real Madrid's equaliser - the 1983 European Cup Winners Cup still made its way into the hands of the freckly faced Big Eck.
That's just how things were for the Dons back then. McLeish - alongside Willie Miller and Jim Leighton - were an unshakeable unit, and Aberdeen raised eyebrows when they didn't win a trophy.
The bond between club and player remained until the red haired centre back decided to try his hand at management. Nowadays it's Aberdeen who pick pocket Motherwell's best managers, but in 1994 it was the Fir Park side who pinched the Dons' captain and gave him his new home in the dugout.
Only one Aberdeen skipper since then has lifted silverware, but only after a relegation fight that went down to the last day of the season and almost saw the Pittodrie side lose their top flight status.
Aberdeen's support is a credit to the club, but they are losing faith in Craig Brown.
Managers have brought the odd high point, but every one has managed far too many lows to ever be considered a big success.
Roy Aitken brought the League Cup but couldn't keep the Dons at the top end of the table. Ebbe Skovdahl took the team to cup finals and Europe twice, but brought humiliation with a string of big defeats that would have embarrassed defenders of half the stature of McLeish.
More recently Jimmy Calderwood brought five consecutive top half finishes and a European run that lasted beyond Christmas. However the club spent big hoping he would bring success back north, and in the end he left the club with the Dons back in a rut, with Gothenburg Great Mark McGhee unable to fix it.