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Aberdeen appoint Badlan as new head of recruitment

Aberdeen have appointed Chris Badlan as the club’s new head of recruitment.

Badlan previously worked at Wolves and Norwich in scouting roles and was most recently sporting director at Blackpool - a role he left in 2023.

He also worked at Coventry, and took credit for the signing of Viktor Gyokeres - now of Sporting Lisbon - and helped recruit a squad that won consecutive promotions to the Championship.

The 40-year-old replaces Jordan Miles, who was only appointed in July 2023.

Under his reign, Aberdeen signed first-team regulars Slobodan Rubezic, Richard Jensen, Stefan Gartenmann, and Jamie McGrath.

Aberdeen also added James McGarry, Pape Gueye, and more recently, Killian Phillips.

Miles has left to take up a similar role at Leeds United.

Speaking to Aberdeen’s club website, Badlan said: “The opportunity to come and work for Aberdeen was something I had to jump at.

“When I spoke with Alan Burrows and Steven Gunn, I made my mind up very quickly that this was something I wanted to be part of.

“My remit is to know every player and strive to bring the best to the club to ensure we continue to meet our footballing ambitions.”