OLDHAM outcast Gary Woods has returned to Scotland and joined Aberdeen on a short-term loan deal.

Latics announced last month that the goalkeeper, and defender David Wheater, would not be part of Harry Kewell’s first team squad going forwards.

Both are in the final years of their contracts at Boundary Park with the former Hamilton and Ross County shot-stopper now getting the chance to go and fight for a place at Pittodrie.

The 30-year-old, who made 16 appearances for Latics last season, has joined the Dons until January after an injury to goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.

Boss Derek McInnes said: “It’s come to light in recent days that Tomas will require an operation and is likely to be out for a number of weeks.

“We therefore felt the need to sign an experienced goalkeeper to provide cover, and also provide competition for Joe (Lewis) in the months ahead.

“We’re delighted to get Gary, a player who knows the league well, on board.”