September 22, 2021

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I am a better player.

By Robert Thompson

David Bates insisted he was a better player than the one who worked for Rangers and Wrath.

The 24-year-old joined Aberdeen over the weekend after two years in Germany with Hamburg.

Bates won a shocking move to Abroux after standing in Stark’s Park and even won four Scottish hats on the back of his seasonal rise.

Centerhoff believes his playing experience in Germany has changed his game and he intends to show how many goals he has when he starts the Downs next month.

Bates said: “I’ve made a lot of progress since I last played in Scotland.

“I went there, played a lot in the first season and changed a lot as a player.

“For me and for the people I talk to, they think I’ve gotten a lot better by changing my game a little bit.

“I want to show it now and hopefully I will do it in the coming games.

“I am training and ready to go.

New Aberdeen defender David Bates.
New Aberdeen defender David Bates.

“The international break has come, it could be good or bad.

“I’ll only train with the boys and I’m ready to go when the league starts again.”

Bates had other options in the SPFL, Hart and Hubbs were also eager for him when it became clear that his time in Germany was over.

After going through a lot in his career – Aberdeen is his ninth club – he is ready to take root.

He said: “It’s great to have a deal and come back to Scotland.

“I want to come back and settle down, it’s very important to me because I need to enjoy my football again.

“I want to start and have a good year.

“I knew there was interest already, there was interest in Scotland and then I talked to the manager here.

“I’ve heard great things about him. I was interested in how he wanted to play and I think it would suit me.”

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