Aberdeen’s new signing Sam Cosgrove is determined to repay the faith shown in him by boss Derek McInnes with goals for the Dons.
The Reds moved on transfer deadline day to sign the striker from English League Two side Carlisle United.
Cosgrove has penned a two-and-a-half year contract at Pittodrie taking him through until the summer of 2020.
He was one of two additions on deadline day with goalie Freddie Woodman also arriving on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season.
Cosgrove appreciated the desire shown by the Dons to sign him in the January transfer window when they could have waited until the summer.
The 21-year-old also appreciates the security of his deal in the Granite City to allow him to develop. And having been given that security by McInnes he is determined to hit the ground running.
He said: “About two weeks ago my agents let me know Aberdeen were involved and everything has taken its course from there really.
“As soon as I got the call saying Aberdeen were interested in me it sparked something straight away.
“I was keen to pursue it ever since and here I am at Pittodrie.
“The option was there to come in the summer but me and all the other parties were quite keen to get it done now.
“I’ve had my first training session with the lads and they are a top bunch.
“I really enjoyed it and I want to hit the ground running as hard as I can.
“I want to develop my own game as much as I can and do as well as I can for the team.
“I know there are high standards in and around the club. I know what the manager and all the backroom staff want and it’s very clear what we are striving to achieve, and the lads all seem up for that.
“It’s the first time I’ve had a bit of long-term security and it is nice to know I have it.
“But it’s also pressure on myself and I don’t want to wait it out, I want to do it now.
“It’s a chance to show why I’ve been given the contract.
“With the long contract I’ve been given there is added pressure but I put pressure on myself to really do well from the start.
“It came out of nowhere and within two weeks the deal was done.
“So that shows the faith all the management and staff have in me and I’d like to repay that as soon as possible.”
Cosgrove started his career at Wigan Athletic, but never made a first-team appearance for the Latics.
While at Wigan he had loan spells with National League clubs Barrow, Chorley and North Ferriby United before joining Carlisle last summer.
Cosgrove views the Scottish Premiership as a step up and knows he will have to raise his game to cope with playing for the Dons, Scotland’s second force for the last three seasons.
But he believes he will fit in well to the Aberdeen team and added: “It 100% is a step up, but every footballer aspires to go as high as possible and this is a massive step forward for me.
“The demands of League Two were very hard and I’ve had my first glimpse of a live game in Scotland on Wednesday against Ross County (4-2 win), and I see here as a place where I can fit in.
“I think Aberdeen is the place that will get the best out of me.
“To get the move here gives me confidence.
“It gives me confidence in my own ability because if people are pursuing you and wanting to bring you here then you know it’s good for you.
“But on the other side there is the demand here, the fans expect a lot and I know the staff expect a lot.”
Cosgrove could make his Reds debut this afternoon when Hamilton Accies visit Pittodrie.
He says he had heard about Aberdeen before joining the club, but admits he does not know a lot about the Lanarkshire outfit that he could be facing this afternoon.
“I’d heard a lot about Aberdeen and how good they have been doing over the years and obviously the history came with that,” he said.
“So I knew a bit about the club.
“I don’t know too much about them (Hamilton), but the staff like to do their homework and give us a lot of information on how the opposition play.
“But I’m not too aware of Hamilton just now. The lads will help me out as much as they can, by telling me about them.”
Cosgrove also revealed what the Pittodrie faithful can expect from him in a red shirt. He said: “Recently at Carlisle I played as a bit of a target man, pulling off shoulders, winning flick-ons and bringing other players into play.
“From watching the team and having my first training session I know they like to get the ball down and play.
“I’m used to that style of football from my development days so I’m hoping I’ll get back into the swing of things.
“It’s all about adapting my game and I’ll have to adapt my game when I start playing up here.
“I’m setting myself a challenge and it’s something I’m looking forward to doing.”