Joe Lewis has left Aberdeen seven years after joining from Fulham back in 2016. In his subsequent 271 appearances for the team over a seven-year period, he continued to play. He participated for the Dons in three cup finals, and the PFA Scotland Team of the Season for 2016–17 included him. Lewis held the top spot under Derek McInnes and Stephen Glass but was demoted to the bench when Kelle Roos was brought in last summer. His departure comes a day after Aberdeen signed Forest Green Rovers custodian Ross Doohan to a two-year contract.
“Joe Lewis has played a huge role in the club for many years, and he should be incredibly proud of what he has done for Aberdeen FC,” manager Barry Robson said. “He has been a leader both inside and outside the field. An excellent custodian who is also a true professional is just the kind you want in and around your locker room. Joe has my personal gratitude and best wishes for whatever comes next.”
“It seems pretty bittersweet to be moving since I have so many happy memories of my time at Aberdeen, both on and off the pitch, and I’ve made a lot of friends there. I have no regrets because I always gave it my all when I put on the jersey, and I’m really happy to have led the team and participated in as many games as I did,” Joe Lewis said. “I was quickly accepted by my fans, and over the last seven years, they have stood with me through thick and bad. I genuinely appreciate them. My family has had such a warm welcome from Aberdeen residents as a whole, so even though we’ll be leaving the city, we won’t be strangers. Right now, the club is in a great position. There is plenty to anticipate, and I’m certain I’ll return to support the lads at some point this season.”
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