Fraser Fyvie says he is fully aware his decision to leave Aberdeen represents a risk, but says it is one worth taking to further his career.
The 19-year-old midfielder rejected the offer of a new deal at Pittodrie in February and will depart at the end of the current season.
"I just kind of feel I need to go to progress my career," he told Aberdeen’s official website. "I need to go somewhere else.
"Some people need a change and I feel it is the right time for me to go and try my luck somewhere else as see what happens.
"Some people say I am taking a big gamble but sometimes in life you have to take a risk. I feel like I want to go and challenge myself."
Aberdeen will be entitled to compensation for the player, who made his debut as a 17-year-old against Hamilton Academical in August 2009.
Any proceeds will likely be put back into the Dons’ impressive youth setup and Fyvie believes there are a number of players ready to follow in his footsteps into Craig Brown’s first team.
"Jamie Masson is a very good player," said Fyvie. "Declan McManus is also a very good player and scored a lot of goals for the 19s this season.
"We should also not forget about Nicky Low. He has bagged a few goals this season at Forfar and reports are he has played very well.
"He is an unbelievable player and will hopefully get a chance next season."