Oldham boss Paul Dickov has revealed new recruit Zander Diamond turned down offers from rival clubs to join the Latics.
The 26-year-old defender was out of contract at Aberdeen having spent nine years at the club, prompting the Latics to swoop for his services.
Dickov said: "He has experience of playing at the top level in the Scottish Premier League - and I don't care what people say, it is a very hard league.
"It is a credit to Zander that he has played for the amount of times he has in that division.
"And it is also a credit to him that he turned down bigger offers to come to us."