Former Pittodrie loan stars Simon Church and Danny Ward today hailed the Dons’ role in realising their Euro dreams.
Liverpool keeper Ward and MK Dons striker Church had successful loan spells at Aberdeen last season.
Both have been confirmed in Wales boss Chris Coleman’s 23-man squad for the Euro 2016 finals.
Within weeks of Ward’s unexpected exit, Church was secured on transfer deadline day from Championship MK Dons.
The 27-year-old admitted he moved to Pittodrie to force his way into the Wales Euro squad.
He made an explosive debut, netting on his first Dons start in a 2-1 win over title rivals Celtic.
Both admitted impressing in a top flight title fight helped their bids to compete in the Euros.
Ward said: “I can only be thankful to Aberdeen for everything they did for me during my time up there. It’s a special club and I wish them all the best.
“Going out on loan to Aberdeen and getting regular first-team football was massive for me.
“I didn’t envisage I’d start a Premier League game so soon as I was supposed to be up in Scotland for the full season.
“But things change quickly in football.”