Derek McInnes claimed Graeme Shinnie’s contract extension will be as important as any signing the Reds will make during the January transfer window.
Defender Shinnie, 25, has penned a one-year contract extension until the summer of 2019.
McInnes, pictured, aims to secure new signings before the winter window shuts next Tuesday, and is targeting a loan move for Preston North End’s Scotland international striker Stevie May.
On Shinnie committing until 2019, McInnes said: “It’s fantastic news.
“We’re aiming to make a couple of signings in the transfer window but this is as important as any signing we will make.”
Aberdonian Shinnie agreed a pre-contract with the Dons while at Inverness Caley Thistle in January 2015. He officially joined up at Pittodrie on a three-year deal until summer 2018 in June that year and has gone on to be a first-team regular, racking up 75 starts.
Shinnie captained the Reds during the two-month absence of skipper Ryan Jack following knee surgery earlier this season.
McInnes insisted the defender, who has also excelled in a holding midfield role, has yet to reach his full potential.
He said: “Graeme has been excellent since joining us two years ago and we know there is more to come from him.
“I’m delighted Graeme has shown such loyalty and commitment, that same commitment we all see from him week in and week out both on and off the pitch.
“As an Aberdeen boy, his love for the club is evident.”