KELTY HEARTS new boy Jack Milne has revealed that encouraging words from two of his Aberdeen team-mates sold him on the club.

The 19-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, agreed a loan move to New Central Park earlier this month, and made his debut as a substitute in the club's home draw with Airdrieonians.

Born in the Granite City, Milne is a product of the Dons' youth academy, which has also reared Scotland under-21 cap, Connor Barron, and defender, Kieran Ngwenya, who is currently on loan with Raith Rovers.

Both players had temporary spells with Kelty last season, during their title-winning League Two campaign, and Milne said: "The gaffer (Jim Goodwin) just told me that they (Kelty) were interested, and I spoke to Connor Barron, Kieran Ngwenya, who have been here, and it was all positive things.

"It was an easy decision for me to go and get some minutes."

Milne, who spent time on loan at Highland League Brechin City in the first half of last season, signed a new three-year contract at Pittodrie in July, keeping him with the Reds until 2025.

That month, he was handed his first-team debut, in the Viaplay Cup group stages at Peterhead, and has since gone on to make four senior appearances for his boyhood club.

He is looking forward to working with Potter, continuing: "He's just been telling me the way the team wants to play and it suits my style.

"He knows a few of the coaches at Aberdeen, which always helps, and I'm just really looking forward to it.

"I used to play holding midfield, predominantly, and moved back to centre back, so I'm more of a ball playing centre half – more the modern day – but I can still do the other side.

"I'm a big, tall guy, move quite well, I'm fit, so I think I'll fit in pretty well."

Potter commented: "He was someone I was aware of in the summer and we actually tried to bring him in, but Aberdeen wanted to keep him as part of the group.

"He can play a couple of different positions; he's athletic, he's comfortable on the ball, I think he's got goals in him from midfield or some set pieces, and he's got a bit of dig in him, a bit of life, a bit of fight in him.

"He's been a central midfielder for most of his career, and I think Aberdeen see him as a centre back as well, so he's played there for the last 6-12 months.

"He's comfortable in both positions, we can use him where we want to use him, and it's up to him to get into the team and stay there. We've made that pretty clear to him.

"He gives us options, he gives us competition, and I think he'll be a good signing for us."