Jamie Langfield has set himself the target of forcing his way back into both the Aberdeen first team and Scotland setup.
The goalkeeper has recently returned to action having recovered from a seizure last summer, playing in fixtures against Inverness CT, Dunfermline Athletic and Hibernian.
Langfield will compete with Jason Brown for the number one jersey at Pittodrie next season and, provided he can convince manager Craig Brown to keep his faith in him, he also his ambitions to catch the eye of national boss Craig Levein.
“Normally I don’t really like to set myself goals,” said the 32-year-old. “But since what’s happened to me, I definitely believe this year is going to be a big year for me.
“I want to first and foremost get back into the Aberdeen team and then, hopefully, push on and hopefully get back into the international setup.
“[I want to] take this club back into the top six, or top four. That’s where I want to be.
“What’s happened to me wasn’t nice and it gives you a different perspective on life. Now I have set myself goals and I am determined to get them.”
Langfield has played 226 times for Aberdeen since signing from Dunfermline in 2005. Despite the competition from Brown between the sticks, he is confident he can re-establish himself as the Dons’ first choice keeper.
“It’s a challenge,” he admitted. “I’ve been here seven years and I have seen off quite a few goalkeepers in my time here.
“It’s another obstacle to get over. The way I look at it, I came through a massive obstacle in the summer there. Trying to get back into the first team shouldn’t be as hard.
“If it is, then it means the team is doing really well and I can’t complain. I’m really up for the challenge and I can’t wait to get going.”
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