Dons boss Derek McInnes has thanked Mark Reynolds for his service after the defender penned a pre-contract with Dundee United.
The 31-year-old has been on loan with the Tangerines from Aberdeen since January and following the expiry of his Reds’ contract he will move to Tannadice permanently on a three-year deal.
Reynolds joined the Dons in January 2012 in a loan switch from Sheffield Wednesday.
After another loan spell in the Granite City in the first half of the following season he made the move to Aberdeen permanently in January 2013.
Reynolds made 237 appearances for the Reds and was part of the team which won the League Cup in March 2014.
He hasn’t featured this season after a knee injury sustained in a pre-season friendly against Cove Rangers in July.
After coming back from injury he moved to Dundee United in search of game time.
McInnes said: “I’ve been in regular contact with Mark over the last few months. He’s been offered a fantastic opportunity at Dundee United and we wish him well with that.
“He’s been a very good servant to the club over a period of time and a very valuable member of my squad since I’ve been at the club.
“He showed great determination to come back from a serious injury, and now Dundee United will reap the benefit of Mark’s ability and experience going forward and we wish him every success.
“Mark’s built strong relationships with everyone throughout the club, both on the football side and behind the scenes, and while he will be missed, we understand his decision to go and play regular football.”
Reynolds will be hoping to help United earn promotion from the Championship and a return to the Premiership.
Meanwhile McInnes, who was today linked with a move for Motherwell striker Curtis Main, was pleased to see Niall McGinn back to his best against the Steelmen.
The winger struck twice in the second half to help Aberdeen to a 3-1 win against the Steelmen on Wednesday night at Pittodrie.
The Northern Irish international has now netted five goals in six matches for club and country.
McGinn’s purple patch has come about after shaking off a minor hip problem which had bothered him earlier in the season.
His gaffer McInnes believes the 31-year-old has been able to get into a good rhythm now his training is less disrupted.
McGinn got his first against the Steelmen when he finished after Greg Stewart’s shot deflected into his path and then curled home a sublime second deep into stoppage time.
Stewart is another who has been bothered by a hip problem.
On McGinn, McInnes said: “Niall’s had a hip issue we’ve tried to manage. He’s not had a lot of training and then we were throwing him out on Saturday a lot of the time.
“He’s not been able to get into any real kind of rhythm, but we’ve managed to get on top of that. He’s now more able to perform at his best.
“Players like him, wide players, need to have that speed trickery and be able to change direction quickly.
“It was a similar hip problem to Greg Stewart. Their games are about chopping and changing quickly.
“Hopefully Greg’s over his problem as well and they can be important players for us going into the run-in for the season.”