Former Watford defender Tommie Hoban has been offered the chance to complete his rehabilitation with Aberdeen, ahead of potentially completing a permanent move to the club.

Hoban is now a free agent after being released by Watford this summer, following a torrid spell with injuries that significantly limited his playing opportunities.

The 25-year-old spent a portion of last season on loan with the Dons before cruciate ligament damage ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.

However, that has not dissuaded Dons' boss Derek McInnes from trying to sign the player permanently and he told the Evening Express that the player was welcome to return to Pittodrie to complete his recovery.

"We are there for Tommie if he wants to come here and we can aid him in his recovery," said McInnes.

“Tommie has had a drastic time with injuries and we have offered him the chance, if he wants, where we can pick up on that rehab and help him on his way.

“I loved working with Tommie and thought he was a brilliant person and a very good player.

“Tommie has good ability, real experience and good size.

“He is also very versatile which is an added bonus.”

Following remarks of a similar nature from McInnes earlier in the year, Hoban said he would be interested in completing the switch to Aberdeen on a permanent basis.

However, any potential deal could be a while away just yet, with Hoban not expecting to be match-ready before October.

"Tommie is a long way from being fit yet and it will be October, November time," added McInnes.

“Without wanting to be harsh, it is not the most pressing thing for us at the moment.”