Danny Rogers says he wants to be Aberdeen’s first-choice goalkeeper after signing a new contract.
The custodian has penned a new two-year deal with the Dons which will keep him at Pittodrie until the summer of 2020.
The Irishman joined the Reds in 2011 and has had a number of loan spells away from the Granite City to gain first-team experience.
In 2013 he went to Airdrieonians before joining Dumbarton the following year.
Rogers spent the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons on loan at Championship side Falkirk.
Some impressive displays with the Bairns earned him a call-up to Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad.
During his time with Falkirk he also established himself as the Republic of Ireland Under-21s No1.
Rogers returned to Aberdeen last summer as deputy to Joe Lewis.
The 24-year-old made three appearances this season.
He replaced the injured Lewis in January’s 2-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox and started the next two matches – wins against Kilmarnock and Ross County.
Having penned his new deal Rogers’ next target is displacing Lewis to become Derek McInnes’ first-choince goalie.
He said: “I took my time when making the decision.
“At the end of the day though I always kept having the same feeling, that there is unfinished business here.
“Obviously I want to be the Aberdeen number one.
“I want to have that jersey one day and I believe I am closer to making that happen so to leave now would have been a mistake.
“I took my time but I know I have made the right decision.
“I had quite a lot of interest from Scotland and clubs in England.
“So that was another reason why I took my time, I had to weigh up all my options.
“But Aberdeen, to be fair, kept coming back.
“They made it very clear that they wanted me to stay.
“To get those reassurances for next season and knowing I am part of the manager’s long-term plans is great.
“It is nice to hear those things. But ultimately, it is up to me.
“I am the only one who can influence how well I do at the club. I need to keep working hard and to keep improving all the time.
“Aberdeen Football Club has been a massive part of my life.
“I love the club and enjoy living in the city.
“I pretty much grew up here as my teenage years were spent in the north-east.
“I am 24 now and I just feel I am close to being that number one.
“I did not want to leave Pittodrie then spend the rest of my career thinking about what might have been.
“I did not want to spend all this time here and then leave without doing what I came here from Ireland to do.”