Joe Lewis: Aberdeen goalkeeper aims for improvement after signing new deal

Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis
Joe Lewis joined Aberdeen after leaving Cardiff City

Goalkeeper Joe Lewis says his best days are still to come after signing a new five-year contract at Aberdeen.

The 31-year-old Englishman, who was due to be out of contract in summer 2020, has committed himself to the Scottish Premiership club until 2024.

Lewis has been an ever-present for Aberdeen this season, playing 47 times.

"I feel I have improved a lot since I have been here," he said. "The five years are hopefully going to be the best years of my career."

Manager Derek McInnes described Wednesday's announcement as "a really significant signing".

And Lewis, who arrived in 2016 after leaving Cardiff City, revealed the contract negotiations were "done in a couple of weeks".

"The first three days it rained solid so I thought 'what have I done?' he said of his arrival at Pittodrie. "But once I started playing and training, even after the first few games the fans took to me, and it's been enjoyable ever since.

"We have had plenty of ups and downs like any football club but my family are happy here, it's a great city to bring my little boy up in, so all that combined made it a fairly straightforward decision.

"You want to win things and the clubs I have played for haven't always been so stable as this one. You feel like everyone is pulling in the same direction.

"Silverware is something we need to aim for, I have just fallen short in my time here, but that's definitely an aim.

"But there are other things to look forward to, the training ground next season and then, hopefully not too long after that, the new stadium. So it will be a great time to be part of the football club."

Meanwhile, winger Niall McGinn will have surgery on Thursday on the ankle injury sustained in training before the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.

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