Winger Scott Wright laid down a marker that he intends to play a key role in the new season with an impressive performance against St Johnstone.
The 20-year-old also gave manager Derek McInnes food for thought ahead of the Europa League clash with Burnley on Thursday July 26.
In the second half of last season, Niall McGinn and Gary Mackay-Steven were the preferred wide options but Wright is clearly determined to play a part in the proceedings.
This is an important campaign for the Aberdonian winger.
Having made the breakthrough at the tail end of the 2016-17 season, Wright was expected to make a major impact last season.
However, he was restricted to just eight starts and one goal, although his pre-sesaon was affected by an injury sustained at the 2017 Toulon Tournament.
Wright was again in France for the Toulon Tournament with Scotland this summer when they reached the semi-finals. This time he returned fully fit and is clearly ready to stake a claim for a regular starting slot.
Wright was impressive in the testimonial for Saints stalwart Chris Millar as he was a constant menace to the defence with his fast creative runs down the flank. The winger also got on the scoresheet as did striker Stevie May, another to produce a strong shift.
In previous years, the Reds had a small window of only two to three weeks and endured a congested pre-season before their Euro opener.
This summer they have five weeks to prepare for the Battle of Britain with Burnley and have packed in the friendlies.
This away match at St Johnstone was the third of six friendlies that will culminate in a clash against West Brom at Pittodrie on Friday July 20.
Although recently relegated from the English Premier League, the Baggies are essentially a top flight side.
The real acid test of just how prepared the Reds are for the Euro campaign will be against Darren Moore’s West Brom.
Aberdeen are certainly on an upwards trajectory and look sharper and fitter from that first friendly in Cork.
It is all part of a slow-burning build-up to an explosive start to the campaign with Burnley in the Europa League second qualifying round and Rangers in the Premiership.
Boss McInnes hopes to secure a number of new signings before facing the Clarets but the squad is progressing well.
At this stage in pre-season, getting that game sharpness, fitness and understanding within new additions is primary, results are secondary.
There were starts for summer signings Stephen Gleeson and Lewis Ferguson as Dons boss Derek McInnes initially went with a 4-4-2 formation featuring a midfield diamond.
There was a two-pronged attack of Stevie May and Sam Cosgrove while Adam Rooney, Aberdeen’s most prolific goal scorer for the last four straight seasons, was on the bench.
Aberdeeen recently had a bid rejected by Doncaster for striker John Marquis.
McInnes has confirmed the offer was the most the Reds could afford and that they will now look at other centrre-forward targetsin the bid to bolster the attack before the Euro clash with Burnley.
St Johnstone grabbed the lead in the fifth minute when former Aberdeen skipper Richard Foster played a cross from the right into the penalty area.
The delivery found David WOTHERSPOON who took one touch to control before lashing into the net beyond keeper Joe Lewis from 15 yards.
It was the first goal that Aberdeen had conceded in pre-season having defeated Cobh Ramblers 1-0 in Cork and Falkirk 1-0.
Aberdeen hit back in the eighth minute with a swift move down the right flank instigated by Gleeson.
Midfielder Gleeson threaded a superb through ball between four Saints players to find Ferguson.
The 18-year-old picked out Stevie MAY’s diagonal run into the box and the striker dinked a shot beyond keeper Zander Clark.
Moments later May was again involved when he flighted in a cross from the right towards Cosgrove who flicked a header just wide of the far post from 15 yards.
Aberdeen went ahead in the 27th minute through a solo goal from WRIGHT.
The winger collected the ball with his back to goal some 35 yards out, he turned, then drove forward.
Bursting into the box, he fired a lethal finish beyond keeper Clark from 15 yards.
In the 39th minute, Drey Wright stepped wide of Mikey Devlin to open up space but curled his 22-yard wide.
Rooney came on for Cosgrove at half-time and was immediately involved when he met a Wright cross but he headed just wide from the edge of the box.
Moments later the impressive Ferguson curled a 25-yard effort inches wide of Clark’s near post.
Ferguson plays with a maturity and game intelligence well beyond his young age and looks to be a strong addition to the squad.
In the 64th minute, Considine cleared off the line as Greg Hurst got on the end of Liam Craig’s knock-down from close range.
St Johnstone levelled in the 73rd minute when HURST curled an effort beyond keeper Joe Lewis into the top far corner.
ABERDEEN: Lewis, Logan, Devlin, McKenna, Considine, Gleeson, Shinnie, Ferguson, Wright, May, Cosgrove.
SUBS: Rooney (for Cosgrove 46), Mackay-Steven (for May 70), McGinn (for Wright 70), Ross (for Gleeson 76), Anderson (for Logan 84), Campbell (for Shinnie 87), Reynolds (for Devlin 90). Subs not used: Rogers, Harrington.
ST JOHNSTONE: Clark, Tanser, Anderson, Davidson, Wotherspoon, Wright, Kerr, McMillan, Craig, Foster, Scougall.
Subs: Gordon (for Kerr 46), G. Hurst (for Davidson 56), Hendry (for McMillan 65), Njo-Lea (trialist) (for Scougall 72), Miller (for G Hurst 75), Comrie (for Wright 84). Subs not used: M. Hurst, Millar, McCann, McLean.
Referee: Alan Muir