Paul Dickov has hailed the signing of long-term target Zander Diamond after the centre half joined from Aberdeen on a free transfer having ‘become stale’ in the SPL.
Diamond had spent nine years playing for the SPL outfit, accumulating over 200 league appearances whilst also captaining Scotland at Under 21 level, and now feels the time is right to take up a new challenge south of the border.
The 26-year-old told the official Oldham website: “I spent nine years in the Scottish Premier League at Aberdeen and you can become stale.
"This is a fresh challenge and, when you look at the teams in League One, it is a competitive division. The chance to play in the cup competitions was also a major factor and a bonus and I cannot wait until the first day of the season."
Concerns were raised after it came to light that Diamond had failed a medical at Hearts earlier in the summer due to an ankle injury sustained three years ago, but the defender has move to reassure Latics fans there is nothing to worry about.
"I have played 65/70 games since (the injury) without a problem. It is bizarre. In hindsight, it was probably a blessing in disguise as it has got me out of Scotland after nine years and given me the chance to play in England,” he declared.
Paul Dickov was just as delighted to land his fellow countryman, and explained the move to the club website.
"Zander is a player I have personally been aware of for a long time, even when I was still playing. He is a player I have always liked and I have watched him a lot," said Dickov.
"We want to progress as a team and Zander is the sort of player who we believe will help us to do that as he is a big character, both on and off the pitch.”
Diamond will be joining a growing list of signings at Boundary Park with Alex Cisak and Jean-Yves M'voto already joining the ranks during the transfer window.