Loan striker Simon Church has signed on at Pittodrie in a bid to keep alive his dream of starring for Wales at this summer’s Euro 2016 finals.
The 27-year-old was secured on a transfer-deadline day loan move from Championship outfit MK Dons until the end of the season.
Capped 33 times, the striker played in six ties during Wales’ successful Euro qualifying bid.
Church was the only deadline-day arrival as Aberdeen failed in a bid to secure Inverness Caley Thistle midfielder Greg Tansey.
The Dons had activated, and met, a release clause in Tansey’s contract with a £200,000 bid.
But the move to secure Tansey, who still had 18 months left on his contract remaining, fell through as Inverness refused to sanction the deal, claiming the wording of the clause was ambiguous.
It was a blow for the Dons who had hoped to make a permanent “impact” signing but emerged from the transfer window with only two loan additions.
However, in loan-signing Church, the Dons have landed a striker desperate to make an impact with the Euro finals in his sights.
Church played in the tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina when Wales reached their first finals since the 1958 World Cup.
He has started just seven times this season for MK Dons and needs first-team action to secure a slot on the flight to France. The Dons offer a chance for game time in a high profile league.
On qualifying for the Euros, he said: “My aim now is to cement my place in the Wales squad for the summer and to do that I’ve got to keep playing well for Wales and at club level.
“I also have to start turning my performances into goals.”
As Church arrived at Pittodrie, striker David Goodwillie, whose Dons’ deal expires in the summer, exited on loan to Ross County until the end of the season.
Goodwillie has made 13 starts this season and scored twice.