Livingston FC is delighted to announce that the club has reached an agreement to sign striker Bruce Anderson on a pre-contract agreement from Aberdeen, with the player joining the club when his contract expires in early June.
The 22-year-old joins the Lions after loan spells with Ayr United and Hamilton Academical last season, as well as featuring 7 times for the Dons, including a Europa League appearance against NSI Runavik back in August.
Bruce has made 39 career appearances for Aberdeen after breaking through from their youth academy, with his first goal for the Pittodrie side coming as a last-gasp equaliser at home to Rangers in the opening game of the 2018-19 season.
As well as the loan spells at Ayr and Hamilton last season, he also spent time with Elgin and Dunfermline in recent years, scoring 11 goals for both clubs combined.
Bruce has signed a 3-year-deal and will wear the number 9 shirt next season.
On the same day, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has agreed to sign for the Dons, with the club receiving an undisclosed fee for the Goal of the Season winner.
Manager David Martindale said: “I am delighted to bring Bruce to Livingston FC. I have been following Bruce’s career since he was on loan at Dunfermline 4 seasons ago. I remember watching him up against a very good Dunfermline side who had Stevie Anderson on loan from St Johnstone to Partick Thistle that night. Bruce scored 2 and I left the game very impressed and since then, I have always kept a close eye on him and came close to signing him a few times over the years.
“I had spoken to Derek McInnes in the summer with a view to getting Bruce on loan but ironically, I had Jay in on trial and I went with him on that occasion.
“With Bruce, I feel we are getting a young player that has all the attributes to go on and become a top, top player. He’s scored goals in the Premiership already for both Aberdeen and Hamilton and this is what Bruce is all about – scoring goals. He is a natural goal scorer and a very good finisher.
“Bruce will wear the number 9 shirt vacated by JET, who goes in the opposite direction. Brucey has signed a 3-year contract and I’m really looking forward to working with the player closely and seeing what he brings to the group.
“I would like to thank JET for being open to moving to Aberdeen as I know he had offers abroad and that would have seen us miss out any fee. I truly believe that Aberdeen are getting a fantastic footballer who will get the fans off their seats. He’s incredibly talented and the right type on and off the park.
“There are a few people to thank as this wasn’t a straight forward deal as there were a lot of moving parts that had to fall into place but both players have been brilliant. Aberdeen have impressed me with how they go about their business and Bruce’s agent Gordon Reid has been a huge influence in getting Bruce to sign with Livingston FC. A massive thanks to you all and I think it’s a very good deal for both clubs.”