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EXCLUSIVE: Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson wasn’t fazed as he waited for Hamilton compensation decision

Aberdeen FC's Lewis Ferguson. Picture by Chris Sumner

Lewis Ferguson says he never thought about the compensation tribunal hanging over him after joining Aberdeen.

The 19-year-old joined the Dons from Hamilton Accies after signing a pre-contract agreement.

However, because the midfielder had come through the youth ranks at New Douglas Park, the Lanarkshire team were due training compensation.

The Accies wanted as much as £1.25 million for Ferguson, but the Reds initially offered £100,000.

When the two clubs could not agree a compromise the matter moved on to an SPFL compensation tribunal.

That took place on August 20 with both clubs putting forward their case.

They were sworn to secrecy on the figure, but it is understood to be far closer to Aberdeen’s valuation.

Despite starting his Dons career with the issue lingering in the background, Ferguson says it didn’t faze him.

He said: “It didn’t affect me. Although it was about me I took nothing to do with it.

“I didn’t think about it, I was just concentrating on my football and never thought about it.

“It didn’t affect me in any way and I don’t know much about it.

“I think it took longer than it should have, it dragged on, but I never thought about it once.”

Dons boss Derek McInnes revealed after the tribunal he had never discussed the matter with Ferguson. The player felt there was no need for the issue to be talked about because it wasn’t in his thoughts.

Ferguson added: “I think that was the right thing to do from the gaffer.

“I’m an Aberdeen player so I was just concentrating on my football.”

With the case now closed Ferguson is focused on continuing the fine start to his career at Pittodrie having started Aberdeen’s first six matches of the campaign.

“It’s over now and I’m still the same, just concentrating on my football training and playing.

“It’s good that it’s sorted for both clubs, but for me it didn’t really mean anything.”