The top 10 of Aberdeen’s all-time appearances list reads like a who’s who of club legends.
Players with impeccable records – the likes of Willie Miller, Alex McLeish and Jim Leighton – litter the list with a myriad of trophies.
But now, hovering just outside that echelon of Dons mainstays, is a new name – Andrew Considine.
Having played 378 games for the club, he is just two behind Eoin Jess.
Considine could overtake the finisher in the Scottish Cup quarter-final against Partick Thistle.
The defender recently signed a new two-year deal and only turns 30 in April.
Easily the club’s longest-serving current player, even he seems surprised he is on the verge of joining an elite band in the history of the Dons.
“To be named in the same breath as guys like Eoin Jess and some of the other great names at this club is incredible,” he said.
“It’s something I probably never dreamed of surpassing. Now I’m within touching distance, it’s fantastic.”
After coming through the club’s academy, he made his debut as a fresh-faced 17-year-old in May 2004.
Within three years of that, he had established himself as a first-team regular.
By that point, he had overhauled the mark set by his father, Doug, who made 48 appearances for Aberdeen.
Both men have a single medal to their name from their respective Dons careers.
“Hopefully I’ll get the chance to rack up many more appearances for this club and make a lot more memories and hopefully get a few winners’ medals,” he added.
Considine sen was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team who won the league title in 1980.
Under Derek McInnes, Considine won the League Cup in 2014 to earn his own place in history.
He believes Aberdeen should be looking to revive their title ambitions next year as this season’s campaign has been something of a one-horse race.
Considine admitted he considered the possibility of moving on this summer before agreeing to sign a new contract.
“I sat down with my family and said if I were to think about going, this would be the time,” he said.
“After thinking long and hard about it, I just felt life here is very good.
“The club have been fantastic with me since day one and it’s a club I’ve always supported as a young boy, and somewhere I love to be a part of.”
Considine joined as a 12-year-old and has appeared under five managers during his Reds career.
Steve Paterson handed him his debut, with stints under Jimmy Calderwood, Mark McGhee and Craig Brown following.
Considine was captain for six months under the latter, something he said he was “very proud” of.
The defender has been a regular fixture under current boss McInnes and thanked him for his faith.
“He’s been fantastic with me,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of football underneath him and my game has got a lot better.
“The confidence he instils in the boys is incredible.”
A one-club man, Considine will be 32 by the time his contract concludes.
He believes the Reds are capable of winning more trophies during that time and would have no problem staying with his boyhood club beyond this deal.
“Outwith the length of this contract I’ve just signed, goodness knows what the future holds,” he said. “I’m just concentrating on the next couple of years and seeing where that takes us.
“If I’m here beyond that, I’d be absolutely delighted. It’s a great place to be.”
Aberdeen all-time appearances:
- Willie Miller (797 games)
- Alex McLeish (686)
- Bobby Clark (595)
- Stewart McKimmie (561)
- Jim Leighton (535)
- Russell Anderson (407)
- Willie Cooper (393)
- Drew Jarvie (386)
- Brian Irvine (384)
- Eoin Jess (380)
- Andrew Considine (378)